The 'LegisTech: The Commonwealth Community of Legislatures - 2nd Edition', which took place virtually on January 25th and 26th, 2024, was a significant event organised by Bússola Tech. This conference was dedicated to discussing the advancements and challenges in legislative modernization and digital transformation. It featured a wide array of participants from various institutions, reflecting the diverse yet interconnected community of the Commonwealth's legislatures.
Participants included Rt. Hon. Jim Knight from the UK House of Lords, Jonathan Ruckert from NovaWorks Australia, Luís Kimaid from Bússola Tech, Clive Mutentwa from the National Assembly of Zambia, Konrad Kyc from the House of Commons in Canada, Michael Harty from the Organization of American States, Jurgens Pieterse from the Parliament of South Africa, Grant Vergottini from Xcential Legislative Technologies, Tonye Clinton Jaja from the National Assembly of Nigeria, Christopher Henry from the House of Commons in Canada, Shirley-Ann Fiagome from the Parliament of Ghana, Ari Hershowitz from Govable.ai, Andy Neale from the Parliamentary Counsel Office of New Zealand, James Pinnell from the CPA, Mas Liza Maslan from the Parliament of Malaysia, Patricia Roedel from the Câmara dos Deputados of Brazil, Natalie Foster from the House of Commons in Canada, Andy Beattie from CALC, Priyanka Moonesinghe from the CPA, and Mark Stodder from Xcential Legislative Technologies.
The agenda was comprehensive, covering critical themes such as cybersecurity in parliaments, AI-powered services applications, legislative drafting, and the utilisation of AI for promoting plain language in legislative documents. Each session fostered a rich exchange of insights, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges presented by digital advancements in legislative settings.
This edition of the LegisTech conference not only provided a platform for sharing best practices and innovations but also underscored the importance of collaborative efforts in navigating the complexities of digital transformation in governance. The discussions and case studies presented served as a testament to the collective commitment of the Commonwealth's legislative bodies to embrace the digital era, ensuring parliaments remain effective, transparent, and responsive to the needs of the public they serve.