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A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

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

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 …

Networked Neighbourhoods: effective localism or narrow insularity?

  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’ …

Residents online: opportunities for councils?

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 …

Linking localism and the phone hacking story

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 …

Online Councillor of the Year – why James Barber stood out

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 …

A local democracy app?

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 …

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

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 …

Transparency, open government and equal rights for citizen journalists

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, …

TweetyHall added to online councillor seminar

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 …