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How can local authorities use technology and data to deliver better public services and harness social media for better interaction with citizens?

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UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-2018

The commitments in this updated Plan which will have the most direct impact on local government are on the future publication of election results and on the Code of Practice for Freedom of Information requests. This briefing considers the background, summarises the plan and comments on these two key issues.

England & Wales Briefing
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Smart cities: too clever for their own good?

With Scotland positioning itself at the forefront of the smart cities revolution, we take a look at how local authorities can ensure that technological innovation is democratic, fair, beneficial, and sustainable throughout their communities.

Scotland Briefing

What song takes you back? Supporting people with dementia.

I’d bet there’s a song that instantly takes you back to a moment in time, a period in your life, a feeling you had sharing the song with someone else. I bet there’s more than one. I bet you could pull together a whole playlist that would take you back to moments of joy and…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

They said it couldn’t be done! (or how we know about every candidate this May)

Joe Mitchell, from our Democracy Club partners in #OutfortheCount, takes a moment to celebrate a momentous achievement in opening up UK elections, but there’s more to do!   We had a crazy idea. Based on our success at last year’s general election, creating the most comprehensive and accurate parliamentary candidate database, we thought we’d go again…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Viewpoint: Turning Denmark into a smart cities leader

Arup was commissioned by the Danish public authorities to complete a research study on the opportunity of smart cities for Denmark and the key next steps needed at a national level to bring the country to the forefront of the global smart cities market. Ina Dimireva explains.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Connected Councils: A Digital Vision of Local Government in 2025

This re-circulated briefing summarises this NESTA report from its public service transformation network. Written for LGiU in England, LGiU Scotland recipients may find it of interest. We will be looking at this issue from the Scottish perspective in a future briefing.

Scotland Briefing
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Trends in public sector communications: February 2016 round-up

Communications in the public sector are having to respond to changing customer expectations and media landscapes. What are the latest trends, how is good practice recognised and what are the key areas to be looking out for over the next period?

Scotland Briefing

Blockchain and local government

You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin – the cryptocurrency or digital money – that’s created and controlled by the network and not a central bank. And while Bitcoin has sometimes been hot news, what lies beneath the currency, blockchain might be about to set the world on fire. If the easy publishing tools of social media were…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Using Urban Data for Smarter Cities

This briefing surveys UK-wide and Scottish initiatives aimed at fostering the use of 'big data' to improve sustainability and resilience in cities, urban development, business and public service innovation, and health and wellbeing in cities.

Scotland Briefing