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PR, Wikipedia and BP–a sorry tale

PR, Wikipedia and BP–a sorry tale

I spent yesterday at the European Parliament in Brussels running a training session for MEPs and their staff about Wikipedia and best practice. Most of what I said was based on the CIPR’s Wikipedia Best Practice guidelines that we produced last year in co-operation with Wikimedia and I had a small hand in helping to create. […]

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Why Facebook matters for UK politicians

Why Facebook matters for UK politicians

You still meet many politicians who are sceptical about the value of Facebook. A familiar story is that they are too busy in their day-to-day life as a local councillor doing case work, attending community meetings, leafleting and door knocking to bother with Facebook. Many also see Facebook as being for young people and they […]

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Twitter Transparency Report reveals US government is top demander of private information

The Twitter Transparency Report published today reveals that the US government has made more demands that Twitter hands over private information about users than every other government combined. The US government has made 679 ‘User Information Requests’ of which Twitter has provided some or all of the information demanded in an astonishing 75% of cases. […]

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UK coalition government mind map infographic

UK coalition government mind map infographic

To mark the first two years of the UK’s Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government the bright folks at Insight Public Affairs have put together a great mind map infographic of the policy issues. Insight has mapped out the: ‘headline policy drivers spanning: the economy; public service reform; localism; welfare reform; and, the international agenda.’ The mind […]

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Queen’s Speech as seen by MPs infographic

Queen’s Speech as seen by MPs infographic

Online political monitoring company Yatterbox has created an infographic of reaction by MPs to the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday. Browse more data visualizations.   Related articles Edelman Capital Staffers Index 2011 (stuartbruce.biz)

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CIPRTV special on new UK public affairs lobbying register consultation

If like me you missed this week’s CIPRTV on the UK Cabinet Office’s proposals to introduce a Statutory Register of Lobbyists then it’s well worth catching up with it here: It’s presented by Russell Goldsmith of Marketiersdc and guests are Iain Anderson, of Cicero Consulting and Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch and leader of the […]

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Social media in local government

Social media in local government

BDO has published an interesting report into the current use of social media within local government in the UK. BDO worked with Municipal Journal (MJ) to conduct a survey to find out how 67 local authorities are currently using social media to support a range of services. The report Updating your status: From housing and […]

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Edelman Capital Staffers Index 2011

Edelman Capital Staffers Index 2011

Edelman and StrategyOne, its global public affairs team, has just released the 2011 Capital Staffers Index which ‘analyses top trends in global public affairs and communications.’ It’s the third such annual report and is based on interviews with more than 500 senior staffers (legislative directors and above – not sure what job title this translates […]

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Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

It seems a month can’t go by without Bell Pottinger, the UK’s self-styled ‘leading’ lobbying company, embroiling itself in a scandal. Today’s Independent article has certainly sparked off a plethora of criticism and commentary, much of it ill-informed and ill-conceived. It’s important to try and separate fact from fiction and cut through the spin on […]

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Social media campaigning in Westminster

Social media campaigning in Westminster

Building an effective social media campaign was the theme of a Hansard Society and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) roundtable I attended in Portcullis House at Westminster last week. It was a two part event with the first half consisting of campaign ‘insiders’ and the second of campaign ‘observers’. The first half was chaired […]

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