About

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’m an entrepreneur and occasional campaigner. I’m interested in the way technology and new ways of working can help the world to be better. I think the information revolution has barely begun, and that technology – in particular, the web – will radically change the way society works.

In 2007, I wrote TellThemWhatYouThink.org, a site which aggregated central government consultations. I had many plans for it, but not much time to execute them. GOV.UK does it properly now.  In 2008 I founded my company, dxw. I wanted to help the government to be better at using the web. Since then we’ve grown, and are working with 20-odd clients in central government, and another 15 or so across local government, the NHS and housing. We now work closely with the Government Digital Service, among others, and are responsible for development, hosting and maintenance for numerous top-level gov.uk sites. (We have a not-terribly-secret agenda to fix the government with websites.)

During this time I also teamed up with Richard Pope to run the Earnest Marples campaign to liberate the UK’s postcode data, which was – in combination with the work of a small army of fellow campaigners, advocates and hackers – ultimately successful. Since starting dxw I’ve also spent a lot of time talking about government procurement, advocating change to framework agreements, and encouraging others to do the same. I’m also vice-chair of the Open Rights Group, where I help to oversee the organisation and its growth.

I also like to make things, and play the piano.

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Harry

Third-person bio

This is (nearly) the same bio as above but from the third person, for people who need it.

Harry is an entrepreneur and occasional campaigner. He’s interested in the way technology and new ways of working can help the world to be better. He believes that the information revolution has barely begun, and that technology – in particular, the web – will radically change the way society works.

In 2007, Harry wrote TellThemWhatYouThink.org, a site which aggregated central government consultations. In 2008 He founded dxw to help the government to be better at using the web. Since then dxw has grown, and is working with 20-odd clients in central government, and another 15 or so across local government, the NHS and housing. dxw works closely with the Government Digital Service, among others, and is responsible for development, hosting and maintenance for numerous top-level gov.uk sites. (The company says that it has a not-terribly-secret agenda to fix the government with websites.)

During this time Harry also teamed up with Richard Pope to run the Earnest Marples campaign to liberate the UK’s postcode data, which was – in combination with the work of a small army of fellow campaigners, advocates and hackers – ultimately successful. Since starting dxw Harry has also spent a lot of time talking about government procurement, advocating change to framework agreements, and encouraging others to do the same. He’s also vice-chair of the Open Rights Group, helping to oversee the organisation and its growth.

He also likes to make things, and play the piano.

My public SSH key

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