I’ve been a part of the team at VSI for the best part of nine years, originally as a summer job, but more recently as a full time developer. During this time I’ve seen significant changes in the way the internet works, from new technologies and new standards in design, to new ways of communicating and ways of thinking. The internet landscape is completely different now compared to when I first started out in the industry. For the first time, we are starting to see businesses and government use the internet in completely new and innovative ways. Groups are being set up to take the vast quantity of data available and turn it into something useful. From services such as FixMyStreet.com by MySociety to the more recent School Closures website from Directgov, the internet is starting a new phase of open development.
For me personally, this means new challenges and horizons. Just over a week ago, I said goodbye to VSI-thinking for the last time.
Change is good
I’m happy to announce that I am now a part of one of these groups helping to set the vast quantities of data free – Consumer Focus Labs. Consumer Focus is a new organisation set up by the government to campaign for a fair deal for consumers. The organisation has established a small team of developers fronted by Richard Pope (one of the people behind My Society and Rewired State). We will be building online tools in order to pursue justice for consumers in new and exciting ways.
We’re currently collecting ideas for the first batch of tools we will build. Work should start on these in the next few weeks once we are all settled in. If you have any ideas or questions, take a look at our website and get in touch.
As always, as our work progresses I’ll be posting updates here on my blog, as well as on the Consumer Focus Labs website.