Luke Bacon makes things a little easier for people who want to improve their society as a designer, developer, and all-round hacker at the OpenAustralia Foundation. He joined the team in 2014 to design They Vote For You and make your MP’s record of votes in parliament clearer and more useful to you.
Since fumbling together some HTML to publish mixtapes in university, Luke has been captured by the power of the Web to give people access to information, art and each other. From 2011 Luke ran the design partnership Collagraph, creating websites and communication strategies for small businesses and organisations. He also taught sound production to journalism and film students at the University of Technology Sydney, and briefly—but with slightly overwhelming zeal—taught the history and basics of HTML to unsuspecting design students.
In 2013 Luke co-founded the independent journalism and archival project Detention Logs. The project was launched with The Guardian, New Matilda, and The Global Mail to publish thousands of pages of evidence of the conditions in Australia’s immigration detention facilities. Luke has presented civic tech projects and ideas at the TICTeC Conference in the UK and the Australian Society of Archivists Conference in Christchurch, NZ.