Topic: Technology

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


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 bring social benefits to residents and the potential for co-production and public sector savings. I…

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Should councils be buying Ipads?

UPDATE: A story in today’s (7/9/12) Telegraph, and most other papers, reports that 50 Ipads were claimed on expenses by MPs in the last year. I wrote this blog arguing that councils should be investing in technology for councillors and officers in July last year – I’m interested to know if opinion has since changed.…

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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 News International phone hacking scandal takes on a greater life as a political event in and…

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Lower costs but the same service

Local authorities could save between 10 and 20 per cent of their expenditure on energy, telephony and solicitors simply by procuring differently. This is the conclusion of a White Paper released by Opera Solutions last Friday. I was initially sceptical about the papers focus, though the figure for savings seemed very accurate. I am very…

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Martha Lane Fox: Looking for an inclusive future

UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox explores how closing the digital divide will increase civic participation and explains the vital role local government must play in ensuring we achieve a networked nation.

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Interview: Francis Maude MP

BBC News Parliamentary Correspondent Mark D’Arcy interviews Francis Maude MP, the minister responsible for public service reform, about transparency and his hopes for public mutual companies.

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Jonathan Carr-West’s speech news:rewired

Open reflects a growing recognition that what matters is not the technology or the tools but the uses you put them to: the forms of engaging, doing and being that they enable and the way they increase and improve democratic participation for a growing number of people.

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Open local data

Last night I attended a seminar at the UCL’s Constitution Unit which featured a presentation from Chris Taggart – developer of –  on open local data. Rather than write up a whole post, I thought I’d try just sharing my notes – which are in a Google Doc here. Chris’ slides are here. For those short of…

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