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Party preview of tech co-op’s new hub

28 July, 2017

Outlandish staff enjoying the summer party at their base in Fonthill Road PIC: Polly Hancock

A TECH co-op founded to develop web products that make people’s lives easier – without exploiting the workers who create them – opened its doors for a summer party.

Members of Outlandish, who recently worked on the redesign of the Islington Tribune and Camden New Journal websites, enjoyed the screen break at their offices in Finsbury Park.

Other projects have included a website commissioned by the National Union of Teachers which alerted parents to the size of budget cuts at every school in the country, a red-hot issue before the general election in June.

While there was table tennis and a DJ at the shindig last Thursday, party guests viewed rooms at the block in Fonthill Road which will become a new hub and working space for like-minded staff in the tech industry.

Founder Harry Robbins wants nobody to be exploited as jobs go digital.

“There is a hypocrisy in the tech industry, where companies present themselves as offering nice technology and nice solutions but actually they see it as a meal ticket rather than changing the world, and in doing so can exploit the workers,” he said.

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