Armed With Open Data

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Welcome back to the Tech for Good Live podcast! This week we’re recording on the eve of the UK’s Jubilee bank holiday, the country is drowning in bunting, the Queen’s face is being projected and everyone is madly trying to fit 5 days worth of work into 3. What a time to be alive.

Thankfully, we’re not going to be spending this podcast talking about the royal family, and instead we’re diving in the world of tech for good… and probably bad.

We’re having a chat about small businesses, love island, coffins and Meta.

Hosting this week is Fay Schofield, and she’s joined by Dama Sathianathan.

Our special guest for this episode is Kristen Robinson, Head of Advocacy at Open Contracting Partnership.

Check out their 10 point plan to fix the UK's draft procurement bill.

Stat of the week

According to the latest figures, public sector spending with small businesses rose to £19.3 billion in 2021/22, which accounts for 26.9% of government spending:

British Government’s plans for procurement overhaul post-Brexit set to become law next year - Diginomica

All change for public procurement rules: the Procurement Bill 2022 - Lexology

Charity news of the week

Deaf charities applaud the casting of the first dear person to love Island:

Love Island's First Deaf Contestant Is Already Getting All The Love - Huffpost

Tech news of the week

As Meta battles regulators VR startups in Germany are having to choose whether to develop applications using less popular rival headsets, or give up on the fast-growing $4.4 billion market:

Meta’s German Oculus Blockade Has Startups Facing Harsh Reality - Bloomberg

Nice of the week

Armed with open data: How Ukraine saved billions on defence procurement - Open Contracting Partnership

And finally

Living coffin that turns your body into compost - Positive.news

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