As we are in the midst of the process of working on new commitments, I thought it is a good time to bring this topic up. I believe that we should have a lens throughout all of our commitments on DEI, as well as a dedicated commitment to the topic.
Just to say that I massively agree that diversity should be integral to all of the commitments made. On a dedicated commitment we’ve been trying for a while to get section 106 of the Equality Act enacted, which would put a duty on parties to collect and publish information about their candidates. As we’ve recently seen in the slew of May elections it’s very hard to monitor the progress (or lack of) on diversity without specific data being published.
More than happy to work with others on this going forward. I don’t have a fixed view on a model myself.
This morning’s algorithmic transparency meeting did not explicitly look at things through a DEI lens, but it was certainly a relevant lens for discussions both on language about “the public” (rather than recognising the “many publics”) and on the role of devolution.
I will raise this as an agenda item at the next working group meeting & work from there on in