Francis Irving

Francis Irving
CEO, ScraperWiki Ltd.

Website | @frabcus

Francis Irving, CEO of ScraperWiki, is a computer programmer living in Liverpool, UK.

He was founding developer at mySociety, which over the last 8 years has made the world’s most innovative democracy websites. In 2004, TheyWorkForYou was the first website to scrape a Parliament and make a better interface for citizens, inspiring the Sunlight Foundation.

Other sites Francis helped make at mySociety include: FixMyStreet, the first national interface for reporting graffiti, potholes etc.; WhatDoTheyKnow, the first interface for making Freedom of Information requests in public.

In his earlier career, Francis founded developer tool TortoiseCVS, which with its successors is used by tens of millions of people. He has a first class degree in Maths from Oxford University.

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Location: Westside Ballroom
Moderated by:
Marshall Kirkpatrick (Little Bird)
Panelists:
Francis Irving (ScraperWiki Ltd.), Jeff Jarvis (Buzzmachine.com), Michael Nelson (Microsoft Corporation), Simon Rogers (Guardian)
The data age is having a radical effect on investigative journalism. Reporters need to know how to find stories in data and social media. What are the opportunities in data for journalists, and what does the investigative reporter of tomorrow look like? Read more.

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