Category Archives: UK

Lurking and what leaders know about their invisible audience

Let’s talk about something obvious: Leaders (for instance community councillors) share information online but the paradox is, that they often don’t get a visible response. Why do they do it then? What are their expectations of how the information they … Continue reading

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Information literacy to support democratic engagement

Our latest community councillor project is now well underway. It’s called IL-DEM, and we’re blogging about it on our community knowledge website ( it focusses on the information behaviours of community councillors in Scotland as they go about their role … Continue reading

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Community councils online? Up to a point, Lord Copper

Some readers may be aware that during the blog silence, I have in fact been involved in a bit of research, looking at different aspects of the use of the internet by Scottish community councils. The latest output has been … Continue reading

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Cloud Security Alliance EMEA preconference seminar

The Cloud Security Alliance held its 2013 Congress here in Edinburgh – and I had the privilege of attending the pre-conference symposium on 24 September which focussed on the specific risks that exist within the public and private sectors in the UK. … Continue reading

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What are community councils doing online in Scotland

Over the summer, I have been working with a volunteer intern Bruce Ryan carrying out an update of a study carried out 2004-2006 which investigated how technology could be developed to help regenerate democracy at the local community level. We’re getting to the data analysis and report drafting stage, so now seems a good idea to start sharing our progress. Continue reading

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