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The founder of mySociety is calling on Reg readers to suggest future projects for the organisation to pursue.

It has run similar competitions twice before which resulted in WriteToThem - an easy way to contact your MP, MEP or councillor, and WhatDoTheyKnow - which now accounts for one in ten Freedom of Information requests.

Tom Steinberg threw down a gauntlet for Register readers. Steinberg said: "Winning ideas have to be highly scalable, impactful, and have to show a real insight into what the Internet does really well - it's sort of a super-test of quite how good an internet pundit you are."

Steinberg said it would be great if ideas had a strong offline impact - like fixmystreet and/or brought transparency to some other area of British life like companies, finance or the media.

They are looking for genuinely new ideas and refreshingly want projects that do not contain the phrase "social media".

So either an idea for a brand new service or a radical rethinking of something they already offer. The ideas should be easily explainable to non-political wonks and bring clear social or political benefits.

There is more info here.

The deadline for proposals in 15 September. The winner will be announced in early October.

So get cracking people - feel free to discuss ideas below or get straight over to this page to get your application in.

If you're not aware of the kind of stuff mySociety does - there's a summary of their major projects here. ®

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