100922 eDemocracy in Brighton and Hove


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I'm leading a workshop at Jubilee Library as part of Brighton & Hove Democracy Day today, 22 September 2010.
It's an hour long so these notes provide a starting point for a discussion and a review of what's happening and I hope will prompt people to share what they know about.

The key question for the workshop is has the internet helped improve local democracy? If so, how?

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  • How to Choose a Database Mark Walker, SCIP, 01273 234049
  • ** Background to Regional Champions – 5 mins This presentation has been developed by a group of the regional ICT Champions
  • Some more figures from recent surveys A lot of these people fall into groups that we as third sector organisations are working with A CHOICE ? We could pack up and go home after drawing the conclusion that these people are not using the internet so we don’t need to change or service delivery to reach these people with new media. They are happy outside of the circle and we are happy to work with them like that. OR We could look at ways to bring these groups inside the circle and more effective in our work and drive down social exclusion through increased digital inclusion by looking at these tools and ideas? These are the people front line organisation in OUR sector see and are seeking to support every day. We have a responsibility as LIOs to lead by example.
  • 100922 eDemocracy in Brighton and Hove

    1. 1. eDemocracy In Brighton & Hove Mark Walker, SCIP Prepared for Brighton & Hove Democracy Day September 22 2010
    2. 2. About me <ul><li>Founder of SCIP, 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>IT Services </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Web Design </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Community projects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build new ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share learning </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. About This Session <ul><li>Are you following your MP on Facebook? Do you remember how young Iranians used Twitter to tell the world what was happening during last year’s presidential elections? </li></ul><ul><li>Online tools are becoming more and more important in supporting people’s participation in public life, strengthening communities and building democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Come to this workshop and get a taster of blogs, podcasts and e-petitions. </li></ul><ul><li>We will discuss how you can use these tools to influence and get your voice heard. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Some questions <ul><li>Has the internet helped democracy work better in Brighton & Hove? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s happening? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s working? </li></ul><ul><li>Who voice[s] are we hearing? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it better than before? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do next? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Context
    6. 6. Who uses the internet? <ul><li>Young People </li></ul><ul><li>Older People </li></ul><ul><li>Wealthy People </li></ul><ul><li>Poor People </li></ul><ul><li>People With Disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Your Colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Your Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Your Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Your Family </li></ul><ul><li>Your Funders </li></ul><ul><li>Your Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Your Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Your Competitors </li></ul><ul><li>Your Suppliers </li></ul>
    7. 7. Who doesn’t use the internet? <ul><li>10 million adults have never used the internet of which 4 million are also socially excluded [PWC 2009] </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 4 million, 39% are over 65, 38% are unemployed and 19% are families with children. </li></ul><ul><li>70% of people living in social housing aren’t online – which is 28% of everyone not online [Oxford Internet Survey 2007] </li></ul><ul><li>70% of people over 65 have never used the internet [ONS 08] </li></ul>
    8. 8. Jargon <ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Video-sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Document-sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube </li></ul><ul><li>Yammer </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>SurveyMonkey </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Email forums </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin boards </li></ul>
    9. 9. Social Media and Web 2.0 <ul><li>Web 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>1990s </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>One-way </li></ul><ul><li>Online reflecting offline </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>2000s </li></ul><ul><li>Networks + community </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>New ways of doing things </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>PR </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul>
    10. 10. How can the internet contribute to democracy? <ul><li>E-democracy aims for broader and more active citizen participation enabled by the Internet, mobile communications, and other technologies in today's representative democracy , as well as through more participatory or direct forms of citizen involvement in addressing public challenges .[2] </li></ul><ul><li>Clift, S. (2004). E-Democracy Resource Links from Steven Clift - E-Government, E-Politics, E-Voting Links and more. Retrieved July 10, 2009, from Publicus.Ne-t Public Strategies forthe Online World: Publicus.net </li></ul>
    11. 11. It’s all about local <ul><li>Local people </li></ul><ul><li>Local forums </li></ul><ul><li>Local issues </li></ul><ul><li>Local processes </li></ul><ul><li>Local politicians </li></ul><ul><li>Local communities </li></ul>
    12. 12. It’s all about global <ul><li>Global issues </li></ul><ul><li>Global communities </li></ul><ul><li>Global solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Global politics </li></ul>
    13. 13. Brighton & Hove <ul><li>Email-based forums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-organised, active citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special interest groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing public challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decision-making processes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More representative democracy? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whose voice are we hearing? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are youlistening? </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Email-based Forums <ul><li>Brighton & Hove Issues Forum, SCIP List, CVSF List </li></ul>
    15. 15. Special interest groups and campaigns <ul><li>Lewes Road Community Gardens on Facebook </li></ul>
    16. 16. Democratic processes <ul><li>Brighton & Hove City Council Consultation Portal </li></ul>
    17. 17. Whose blog is it anyway? <ul><li>Brighton Politics Blog </li></ul>
    18. 18. Twitter News from Brighton
    19. 19. Some questions <ul><li>What’s happening? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s working? </li></ul><ul><li>Who voice[s] are we hearing? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it better than before? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do next? </li></ul><ul><li>Has the internet helped democracy work better in Brighton & Hove? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FREE EVENT: Putting the e in Democracy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Base, 6-8.45pm, 18/25 Nov 2010 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. eDemocracy in Brighton & Hove <ul><li>Useful links </li></ul><ul><li>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edemocracy </li></ul><ul><li>Stevenclift.com </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook/Lewes Road Community Say No to Tesco http://bit.ly/br6pZP </li></ul><ul><li>www.consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/bh </li></ul><ul><li>www.scip.org.uk/sciplist </li></ul><ul><li>http://brightonpoliticsblogger.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://newsfrombrighton.co.uk/brighton-politics/the-whos-who-of-brightons-political-twitterati/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.getinvolvedinthecity.org.uk/news-and-events/take-part-free-events/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net/scipmark/100922-edemocracy-in-brighton-and-hove </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Walker, www.scip.org.uk www.twitter.com/scipmark </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] 01273 234049 </li></ul>