This site has stuff on it that I wanted to put on the web, and that doesn’t belong anywhere else. Occasionally, I blog here.
I wrote TellThemWhatYouThink.org, a site which aggregates central government consultations. I had many plans for it, but not much time to execute them: a classic tale. More recently, I founded my company, dxw. I started the company because I wanted to help the government to use the web properly, and since early 2008 have been merrily working away for our clients, most of whom are in the public sector. Most recently, we’ve started working on interesting new products and ideas — starting with a Platform-as-a-Service product for running WordPress websites.
In the world of non-work, I’m the vice-chair of the Open Rights Group, and a huge fan/occasional volunteer for MySociety. I went to university in Brighton and abortively attempted to do a PhD before deciding academia wasn’t for me. I now live — married, with two cats — in London.
Harry is a web geek and entrepreneur. He has a particular interest in the transformation of public services using the web, and his company, dxw, mostly work on web projects for public sector organisations. dxw has worked with many and various parts of government including The Cabinet Office, The Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice and the Government Digital Service. Most recently, dxw has begun investing in new products and services — starting with a Platform-as-a-Service product for running WordPress websites.
Harry is also responsible for TellThemWhatYouThink.org, a site that automatically aggregates central government consultation documents, and is the Vice Chair of the Open Rights Group, an NGO which campaigns to protect and preserve digital rights. In his spare time, he enjoys gaming, electronics, coding, making things, and occasionally taking things apart and putting them back together again.
Across his work, Harry is interested in making public sector information discoverable and resuable, reforming copyright law, making public services more efficient and more human, making public consultation more meaningful and helping make government easier to hold to account.
He thinks that the web has amazing potential to change the way government works for the better: both technologically and socially.
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