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Eight things we learned from the ‘social media’ election

The General Election was - most people agree - a bit of a surprise. First off, the Conservative party defied the polls to win a slim majority in the Commons. Second, a fair few analysts who had talked of this being a 'social media' election were left scratching their heads... Before the 7th of May we had headlines like ...

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What are people saying about devolution in Birmingham?

In October Birmingham City Council held its Highbury 4 Democracy event on devolution After the Scottish referendum and the promise to grant greater powers to the Parliament in Edinburgh, Birmingham - along with other cities in England - is exploring how best to devolve power to city level from Whitehall and to bring greater power to district and neighbourhood ...

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Networked Councillor Update

Way back at the beginning of summer I blogged about my first experience of the Networked Councillor programme. This is a programme designed to give elected members the tools they need to effectively communicate, collaborate and co-produce with their communities in the digital world. When I joined the company, Networked Councillor was being delivered to ...

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee is awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of London

Yesterday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of London and I was lucky enough to go along as a blogger and social reporter. This was the first time the ceremony has been open to the media and broadcast online. The notion of using the Internet to report on a ceremony ...

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If you’re going to #localgovcamp then you should know about #networkedcllr

This weekend many of our friends will be going to Local Gov Camp, the brilliant unconference for local government folk and beyond. It's going to be fun - and there will be some really interesting conversations that we'll be joining (our very own Catherine Howe and Dave Eaton will be there). With, we think, a general ...

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