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Government, Entrepreneurship & Digital Democracy

Our third event, 'Government, Entrepreneurship & Digital Democracy', is back in the big events room on the ground floor of Google Campus. We are co-hosting this one with the London Debating Society so please be quick to sign up as tickets will be sold on multiple sites.

Douglas Carswell MP has agreed to join us as one of our speakers and panellists and we aim to explore some of the issues he highlights in his recent book ‘The End of Politics’ in which he suggests that the digital revolution amounts to a transformation in human affairs on a par with the agrarian and the industrial revolutions, changing the way that human social and economic affairs are arranged and making collectivism without government possible in ways that were previously unimaginable.

Together with questions and debate from the audience, the panel will also discuss what government should and shouldn’t be doing to facilitate and encourage entrepreneurship - a slightly separate subject, but one which nonetheless overlaps with how digital technologies can make government decision making more accountable and support the development of civil society in place of the elite run hierarchical state.


Our panel of main speakers include:

  • Douglas Carswell, Member of Parliament (for Clacton), blogger and author of 'The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy' (October 2012). He found prominence by calling for reform of parliamentary expenses before the 2009 expenses scandal and in recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, in 2009 Spectator readers voted him Parliamentarian of the Year.
  • Andy Williamson, CEO of FutureDigital.Eu and an internationally recognised expert in digital democracy and citizen engagement who is a prolific writer and speaker on such subjects. Andy works with parliaments, government departments, public agencies and local government to transform their engagement strategies to support new digital and social channels.
  • Matthew Elliott, founder of the TaxPayers' Alliance in 2004 and in 2009 the Big Brother Watch campaign for personal and civil liberties. In 2011 he was headhunted to run the successful "NO to AV" referendum campaign, turning 2 to 1 support for electoral reform into a 67.9% to 32.1% defeat for the "Yes" side. Matthew is sought after as an electoral strategist and has worked with political parties in several different countries.


We'll follow our 'BBC Question Time' type format, with the main discussion and debate focused on the panellists above, but hopefully also with a high degree of audience participation, subject to moderation.  Please message us via meetup beforehand to let us know of any particular questions you'd like to put to the panel.

Some of the areas we'll be looking to investigate are as follows:

Government & Entrepreneurship

  • Regulations and tax;
  • Infrastructure;Subsidies and incentives;
  • Finance; and
  • Education.

Digital Democracy

  • Digital political processes;
  • Decentralisation and citizen involvement;
  • ‘Wikidemocracy’ and crowdsourcing;
  • The Virtual State; and
  • Transparency.

We will start at 6.30pm with some general networking on the ground floor before holding our formal forum between 7 and 8.00/8.15pm, followed by more networking at Campus (we have to be out by 9pm) and then The Fox pub (around the corner on Paul St).  From 6.30pm, we'll provide you with beer and tasty Indian food, provided by our friends at the Shoreditch Off Licence.


To help cover our costs and allow us to pay our bill for everyone’s booze and food, please pay £10 through meetup before the event (preferred) or bring £10 in cash with you on the day to pay at the door.


If enough of you register in advance and we then get a sponsor, we'll hopefully be able to arrange filming of the event and live stream it on the web.  Further details to be announced, but if you run a blog please let us know your email addresses and once the video has been produced we can send you a link to embed on your website.


We are actively searching for a good sponsor for this event and future ones.  If anyone knows of any companies who may be interested in being involved with our group, in whatever way, please send them our way!

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  • Ashley S.

    Apologies but was unable to attend. Very much looking forward to future events. Interested to hear how things went..... was the session recorded?

    May 1, 2013

  • Tom M.

    Really enjoyed this event - thanks for organizing this Jonathan & Marcus!

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Mitch R.

    Great event!
    Many thanks Jonathan and Marcus.

    Marcus, by the way, you could be a brilliant stand up comedian.

    My best regards,


    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Nick H.

    Very thought provoking interaction between some extremely interesting people...more of this type of debate has to be good for the world! Great curry too, cheers Jonathan!!

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Dusanka

    Great event! Brilliant interaction and entertaining. I am looking forward to next one. Thanks Jonathan and Marcus!

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I have just had something come up and I will be unable to attend tonight - I am very much looking forward to similar events in the future. Please let me know if any further discussions come out of this event (email groups, etc!) - Thank you!

    May 1, 2013

  • Mitch R.

    Many thanks, Jonathan.
    So glad to join the club.

    April 29, 2013

    • Jonathan L.

      Thanks Mitch, look forward to meeting you and everyone else there on Wednesday...

      April 29, 2013

  • Mitch R.

    See you all on Wednesday. Looking forward to it.

    Best regards,


    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Argh! have had meeting rescheduled by my client and now I can't attend...

    April 26, 2013

  • Marcus W.

    This looks awesome, looking forward to seeing you all there! marcus Warry

    2 · April 26, 2013

    • Jonathan L.

      Me too! This will be a fun and lively event I think ...

      April 26, 2013

  • Ian S.

    Three of us now... that should form a formidable barrier against anyone else trying to get to the curry and beer....

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Jonathan L.

      Hopefully there will be enough!

      April 26, 2013

  • Ian S.

    Hi - I was invited to Brussels by the Neelie Kroes to demonstrate a way in which large corporates could be prevented from off-shoring unpaid tax. It relied, in part, to allowing the electorate to "opt-in/out" using a digital register. After a long discussion, the head of jobs and growth stated it would be impossible to get the member states to agree in unison and effectively stated the EC would make decisions on their behalf. My question is this: How does the panel propose we make progress with the "digital revolution" when the politicians at the heart of Europe have decided to make all decisions centrally? Is anyone else getting concerned that career politicians are pushing through policies without consulting the people. Thanks Ian

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Jonathan L.

      Thanks Ian, ideal type of question, conflation of increasing democratic possibilites presented by digital tech with more and more unaccountable elite centralisation...

      April 7, 2013

  • Ian S.

    soz, that should have read "by Neelie Kroes".....not "by the Neelie Kroes" ... I went by my own volition :-)

    April 6, 2013

  • Ella

    I'll check with a couple of friends to see if they're coming along.

    March 20, 2013

  • Ella

    I'm looking forward to seeing how much the government really understands about entrepreneurs and the digital world. Hope I'll be pleasantly surprised :)

    1 · March 17, 2013

    • Jonathan L.

      I'm going for speakers who have something interesting to say on the subject (not necessarily those making decisions in Westminster) so hopefully this will be quite a thought provoking session...

      1 · March 17, 2013

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