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It feels apt to send out our fourth Society in the Loop newsletter on the day DCMS published the new civil society strategy. We started this newsletter and its corresponding event, primarily because we want to play a role in strengthening the social sector. Our main reasons for doing this are twofold: the social sector is at the heart of trying to maintain and continually create a fair and resilient society, it’s also the sector that we believe should be having the biggest say when it comes to directing the impacts of technology on our lives (and on society as a whole).

The new strategy talks about strengthening the sector and we hope that will include supporting and encouraging the sector to not only make better use of digital, but to also foresee, and try to influence, the impacts and consequences of tech.

Some of the people who are exploring the impacts of tech on society are social scientists. And the ‘in conversation’ series we’ve been running in previous editions of the newsletter 
aims to bring them together to talk and find points of common ground with those working in the social sector.

But we all need to take a break to refresh and rebalance and enjoy the summer. As our CEO, Rachel 
Colidcutt, puts it: “working at the same pace as tech is changing society is full-on.” For this reason, Doteveryone closes for two weeks every August. This means that we don’t have one of our regular ‘in conversation’ interviews in this edition but that’s not to say they won’t be back. So if you’re in the social sector or you’re studying the impacts of tech please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

Finally, all places for our first Society in the Loop event at on 14 September at The Foundry have now been filled. But don’t panic, you’ll still be able to stay in the loop with the event as we’re planning to stream and record the talks and sessions from the day.
Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date @doteveryoneuk.

Cassie Robinson

👨‍💻 Work 👩‍💻

The Department for Health have boldly proclaimed that women will be forced out of work to deal with the shortage of care workers post-Brexit. The fact that women are more likely than men to drop out of their jobs to care for relatives is borne out by historical evidence, but the implied acceptance that this inequality will persist in the future feels a bit wrong to us.

Elsewhere the FT explore the rise of Hello Alfred, whilst the Economist takes the gig economy to its (hypothetical) logical conclusion by asking what would happen if a company had no employees.

⚖️ Rights and justice 

Ominous signs for human rights in China, as Google announce plans for a censored search platform that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest. Civil liberties are also under strain at home - The Investigatory Powers tribunal has found successive foreign secretaries unlawfully gave GCHQ unfettered powers to collect UK citizens’ data, whilst Privacy International have asked the Investigatory Powers Commissioner to investigate whether the police are unlawfully hacking phones.

New research has found the use of pre-sentencing reports in the UK’s justice system is in decline - and this may be leading to harsher sentences. In late July the second Shaw review of immigration was also published, making over 60 recommendations for addressing the toll the current system is taking on detainees’ mental health.

🏛️ Public institutions and accountability

These are tough times for the British left. Jeremy Corbyn’s embroilment in the ongoing anti-semitism row has garnered lots of column inches in the past few weeks (#ResignTomWatson is the latest chapter), whilst the ideology as a whole has come under attack for not pulling its weight - The New Economics Foundation is asking why the left’s response to climate change is so lacking, whilst Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has slammed “progressive middle-class” cocaine users for turning a blind eye to the violent gang crime stemming from the competition to fuel their demand whilst preaching about ethical consumerism elsewhere. Ouch.

On the climate-change front New York University’s Tega Brain (what an excellent name for an academic!) has argued that the common narratives of the environment as a “system” are flawed, and this long-read explains in scary detail just how badly we are currently doing at addressing this threat. Our collective inaction is taking its toll - Quartz documents the rise of climate-change-induced mental health problems.  

Collective actions

In SITL #3 we discussed the public’s lack of trust in the third sector - NCVO offers some thoughts for how charities should respond.

Interesting thoughts from Oxfam’s Ed Cairns on the importance of culture in understanding the behaviour of militant groups.

A reflection on avoiding burnout in social change.

Fair Vote UK is preparing a collective lawsuit against Facebook for their Brexit campaign data breach.   

Cool stuff

🎭 The largest arts festival in the world is back. Take a leap #IntoTheUnknown at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival and find out what happens when your data takes on a life of its own in the Naked Blind Data Show.

...and a little left-field 👈

Steven Seagal is now a Russian envoy to the US (inspired no doubt by the successes of Dennis Rodman over in North Korea?) Yes, really.

And Sarah Manavis explains the similarly 
civilising force of Love Island 🏝️

+ the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Why three buses come at once 🚌🚌🚌
🗣️ Have your say 🗣️

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