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’ of the web and debating whether online neighbourhood networks (hyperlocal and community websites) are a vital democratic tool or if they lead to insularity out of step with an increasingly globalised world?


  • Jonathan Carr-West – Local Government Information Unit
  • Natasha Innocent – Director of Community Partnerships, Race Online
  • Kerry McCarthy MP
  • Hugh Flouch – Networked Neighbourhoods


  • Dr Andy Williamson – Independent digital strategist

Jonathan and Hugh will also discuss some of the early findings from the second year of Networked Neighbourhood’s Online Neighbourhood Networks Study. If you are a Councillor or council officer and would like to take part in the survey, more information can be found here.


To register, please email, or book online or phone 020 7438 1216.