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A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

September 30, 2013

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.


Politics, technology and the media – they’re all pointing to the local

May 15, 2012 by Rob Dale

This blog was first published by the BBC’s College of Journalism. On May 24, I am due to speak at the College of Journalism’s Connecting Communitiesconference about how local councils and councillors have reacted to the emergence of community media. But before looking at the ‘how’, I want to ask why current…


Networked Neighbourhoods: effective localism or narrow insularity?

September 14, 2011 by Rob Dale

  Wednesday 19 October, 18.30 – 20.00 Thatcher Room, Portculis house, Westminster LGiU are working with Networked Neighbourhoods and the Hansard Society to put on a free event in Parliament on Weds 19th Oct. We will be exploring the ‘relocalisation’ of the web and debating whether online neighbourhood networks (hyperlocal…


Residents online: opportunities for councils?

July 28, 2011 by Rob Dale

I was greatly encouraged by the research published by Networked Neighbourhoods late last year. I’ve written about it here and referred to it in many presentations and surgery sessions I’ve had with councillors. Their work showed how local, citizen-run websites bring social benefits to residents and the potential for co-production…


Linking localism and the phone hacking story

July 24, 2011 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was originally published by Total Politics. It isn’t just immigration, public services and housing. The coalition’s localising policy informs the debate about the media too, as we explore the tension beaten localisation and cosmopolitanism With each twist and revelation the News International phone hacking scandal takes on a greater life as…


Online Councillor of the Year – why James Barber stood out

April 8, 2011 by Rob Dale

When Cllr Barber was announced as ‘Online Councillor of the Year’ I was sent a direct message on Twitter saying, ‘Someone with 59 followers & who is following 1 person wins online cllr of the yr????’ It was though exactly because of @CllrJamesBarber’s lack of Twitter-use that his online work stood…


A local democracy app?

March 14, 2011 by Andy Sawford

The App Blog profiles the 20 new apps ‘riding the wave’ of location innovation.    They report that the ease with which developers can create location-based services by tying into datasets and APIs from Google, Facebook, Foursquare and others is driving a burst of activity around location and apps, principally around…


US and UK research explores how the public perceives community information services

March 3, 2011 by Rob Dale

I spent some time last night sifting through the US-based ‘How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems‘ report  – for those short of time here’s a link to a good summary from Pew Research Center. The conclusion of the piece is that public trust in government is strongly tied with…


Transparency, open government and equal rights for citizen journalists

February 23, 2011 by Rob Dale

This post was originally published on the Guardian Local Government Network Communities and local government minister Eric Pickles and his department are encouraging town halls to open their doors to bloggers and allow online filming of public discussions. Local government minister, Bob Neil, wrote to councils: “Opening the door to new…


TweetyHall added to online councillor seminar

January 25, 2011 by Rob Dale

I’m delighted to announce that Lauren Ivory from TweetyHall will be popping in to our online councillor event this Thursday to deliver a special presentation. The day also features sessions from Hugh Flouch of Networked Neighbourhoods and Harringay Online, Cllr James Cousins of the www.jamescousins.com and David Wilcox aka the social reporter. If you’re…


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