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Hello and welcome the Society in the Loop newsletter! 🤗

In September, we hosted a SITL live event, with the Ada Lovelace Institute and Civil Society Futures, where members of the community could meet and talk in person. One of the day's discussions focused on how the digital marketplace is creating entirely new challenges for consumers, making it important there's somewhere people are able to voice their concerns about tech-driven harms.

We're hosting a series of informal meet-ups, in partnership with Resolver, to bring together the people and organisations who are already supporting, or want to, the digital rights of the public. 

The first Yes to Redress! meet-up will be at Resolver's offices (56 Ayres St, London SE1 1EU) on Wednesday 5 December, 6.30-8pm. Join us for a chat over some drink and snacks. 🍸 🍿

Cassie Robinson, who initiated Society in the Loop, has now have left Doteveryone to do great things at Big Lottery, but she continues to write about why it's important to bring the social sector into conversation with the social sciences and tech industry. This time in a response to Civil Society Futures' final set of outputs from their two-year enquiry on civil society out this week.

Finally, did you know Society in the Loop isn't Doteveryone's only newsletter? 😲

Yes, you did read that right! To stay in the loop with everything else going on at 
Doteveryone; events, projects, opportunities to partner and work with us, make sure you sign up to our general mailing list for a little hello from us every couple of months or so. 💌

Hannah Kitcher
Communications Manager


👨‍💻 Work 👩‍💻

In-work poverty is under the spotlight this month. Following the Budget announcement that Universal Credit will be reformed to channel an extra £1.7 billion to those in work, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has welcomed the news. But in the wake of a recent visit to the UK, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has found a decade of austerity inflicted ‘great misery’ on the UK public. (If you’re interested, The London Economic has a full transcript of the Rapporteur's report).

Durham University’s Deirdre McCann looks at what we can learn from Brazil and India to tackle this in-work poverty problem. And research from the US offers a window into how this squeeze may have knock-on effects on the labour market: OAPs are displacing teenagers as fast-food workers. But  Professor Sarah Harper points out how this might be essential in the UK - if all migration were to cease overnight, every British citizen would have to work a further 18 months to compensate.

⚖️ Rights and justice 

The knife-crime epidemic reared its ugly head again this month with a spate of further killings. Exactly how bad is the situation? This thoughtful examination of the stats finds that although overall violence is falling dramatically, knife related offences have risen by 16%. Solutions are needed quickly. The Independent join calls for a preventative public health approach and doctors suggest staggering school leaving times.

🏛️ Public institutions and accountability

Facebook’s recent woes just got a whole lot worse. Following the New York Times' eviscerating exposé of their underhand tactics used to navigate through crisis, the Open Society Foundation published an open letter demanding answers for the smear campaign run against George Soros. And Jessica Powell, former VP of Communications at Google, pulls no punches in comparing Facebook to Big Oil, tobacco and chemical companies. 

An interesting undercurrent to the conversations around big tech’s accountability deficit is the brain drain from the UK’s government to the sector - Nick Clegg’s Facebook move (prompting a Twitter explosion) is just the tip of the iceberg - with Deliveroo, Uber and Twitter all hiring from the upper echelons of British politics over the past two months alone.

As countries across the globe look on with interest as the UK leads the way to reform digital regulation (shameless plug for Doteveryone’s proposals here 😜), tech companies are placing increasing importance on engaging with British policy. What effect this might have on our public sphere remains to be seen…

Collective actions

Good work from the Frameworks Institute explores how the advocacy sector should talk about affordable housing 🏘️

Cool stuff

Nesta’s Digital Social Innovation project has mapped out the current landscape for innovation in:

❤️ Health and care, skills and learning
🌱Food, environment and climate change
🛬Migration and integration
👨‍💻Digital democracy
🏙️Cities and urban development

The Financial Times has developed a tool that warns writers when they have quoted too many men in their articles.

The Centre for Ageing Better has opened a £250,000 grant programme to encourage 
more older people to volunteer.  

...and a little left-field 👈

Turns out colonising Mars isn’t a sensible response to climate change: Why the plan has a fatal flaw. 🛸

And how much does a kilogram weigh? ⚖️ That’s not a trick question.
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