Reflections on 10 years at Demos


For a think-tank like ours, which has always been about getting people actively involved in the decisions that affect their lives, this is of supreme importance. This question has two parts, really. We need to work out how technology can be regulated and democraticsed, but without losing all the benefits it can bring to society. But we also need to figure out how democracy and its institutions can be upgraded to become more effective, and in tune with the spirit of the age. How must our education system change? How can we re-organised our police force? What new ways might we raise tax? What must manufacturers do to ensure our ‘smart homes’ aren’t at the mercy of the untraceable Russian hacker? Can we design a professional guild for software engineers and algorithm writers?