PlaceSpeak Receives 2018 SAP® Pinnacle Award: SAP Purpose-Driven Partner Application of the Year

VANCOUVER, BC – PlaceSpeak today announced that it has received a 2018 SAP® Pinnacle Award as the SAP Purpose-Driven Partner Application of the Year, which recognizes its outstanding contributions as an SAP partner. SAP presents these awards annually to the top partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP and helping customers run better. Winners and finalists in 29 categories were chosen based on recommendations from the SAP field, customer feedback and performance indicators, including two Customers’ Choice awards, which recognize customer-nominated SAP partners.

“PlaceSpeak is honored to receive this recognition from SAP,” said Founder and CEO, Colleen Hardwick. “This award is particularly meaningful as it acknowledges our purpose to help restore trust in government through authenticating the online citizen engagement process. SAP works extensively with the public sector and is aligned with our mission to advance digital democracy.”

A new way for constituents to engage with MLA Adam Olsen

Residents in the provincial riding of Saanich North and the Islands will now have a new way to communicate online with their MLA, Adam Olsen. The newly-launched PlaceSpeak page allows constituents to engage meaningfully on topics that matter to them in a safe, secure, and privacy-respecting way.

PlaceSpeak Partners with FoxWise Technologies to Give Communities a Real Voice

VANCOUVER, BC – PlaceSpeak and FoxWise Technologies Inc. announce their strategic partnership to promote PlaceSpeak’s innovative and secure cloud-based software for Community Engagement and Consultation.

“Giving people a voice on community based issues is more important today than it has ever been,” said Sam Damm, President and founder of FoxWise Technologies Inc. FoxWise is a technology solutions company with 18 years of experience serving the Canadian market. FoxWise is focused on supporting solutions that can improve the lives of First Nations people in Canada and assisting our Federal Government with rapid adoption of new ways of gathering valuable data to promote better outcomes.

4 New PlaceSpeak Features For Online Consultation Success

As a startup innovating in the civic technology space, PlaceSpeak is continuously improving and developing new features to help organizations in all industries and sectors meet their engagement goals to make better decisions.

Based on feedback from our clients and extensive research, PlaceSpeak’s development team has been hard at work. We’re happy to announce the launch of our new topic administration, including:

  • Redesigned interface
  • New insights & analytics
  • Granular security & visibility options
  • Multiple consultation preview options

What the Cambridge Analytica Scandal Means for Online Citizen Engagement

Recent revelations showed that Cambridge Analytica was able to obtain and use data from 50 million Facebook users to create psychographic profiles. This allowed them to deliver highly targeted and customized political advertising during the 2016 United States presidential election. The leaked blueprint for the Trump campaign indicated that they were able to “target 10,000 different ads to different audiences” in the lead-up to the election.

These findings raise significant issues around consent and privacy. The majority of users are not aware of how their data is used or what rights they have to their own information. According to one survey, 61% of respondents were “unaware of Facebook’s right to share their information with third parties.” While users need to take some responsibility for the information that they share with Facebook (and by extension, many third-party sites and apps), most Terms and Conditions are opaque and confusing, even for tech-savvy users.