Topic: Technology

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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Central-Local – It’s good to talk

The National Audit Office (NAO) recently published “Central Government’s communications and engagement with local government”, a report on the effectiveness of central government’s communications with local government. The report found that communication is very challenging as a consequence of the organisational differences between central and local government. This difference brings significant risks of loss of focus and conflict between…

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Local 2.0: How digital technology empowers local communities

This post is based on an LGiU member briefing by Rob Dale. I remember reading the case study of the Obama for America campaign. It had a significant impact on my understanding and appreciation for how digital technology could change the way people campaign, organise and mobilse. Like many others, I was inspired and believed…

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Mapping people who are ‘making a real difference’

It has been announced that the Community Right to Challenge will come into force on 27 June. Under the Right, ‘relevant authorities’ (which applies to all local authorities) must consider expressions of interest by ‘relevant bodies’ – voluntary and community bodies, organisations set up for solely charitable purposes, parish councils, and by two or more employees of…

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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 before looking at the ‘how’, I want to ask why current momentum suggests that citizen-led content…

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Is the deluge of data good for government?

This article was first published by Total Politics. Open data is becoming big news and, potentially, big business. Policy wonks and digital democracy campaigners have for years expounded its virtues in a variety of conferences, hack events and gov camps. It’s seen as a driver both of accountability and of public service innovation, but has…

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Open

“The world of information – how it’s created, who creates it, how it’s shared and distributed – is changing immensely fast,”‘ writes Alan Rusbridger oin last Thursday’s Guardian to promote the newspaper’s “open” approach to journalism Being “open”, Rusbridger believes, “leads to better journalism, more diversity and a much bigger audience” What’s true in the…

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Supporting People – Sitra launches data collection framework

Sitra has long been at the forefront of raising the profile of housing related support services, and following a consultation last year, is now beginning some new work that will make it easier for councils to measure the impact of these services. In October 2011, the LGiU launched a report entitled ‘Promoting Independence’ in partnership…

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Twitter UK to present at the Lambeth Social

  *NEW SPEAKER ADDED* We are very pleased to announce that Ruby Sharma from Twitter UK will be running a ‘getting to know Twitter’ session at the Lambeth Social. This will give some background to how twitter works, it’s reach and growth. There will also be time for some Q&As too. As part of Social Media Week, LGiU…

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We should welcome the free-WiFi deal between O2 and Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea councils

This article was first published by the Guardian’s Local Government Network. There has been some quiet moaning about the news that O2 Telefonica has struck a deal with Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea councils to bring free Wi-Fi access to residents and visitors to the boroughs. One officer called the scheme “a waste of money”.…

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