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