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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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TUC using video to win public support for public sector strikes

From a professional communications perspective it’s interesting to see how the TUC (Trades Union Congress) is making good use of online video. Yesterday a poll about the Day of Action for the BBC showed that 61% of the public believe public sector workers are justified in going on strike over pension changes. It will be […]

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Greg Hands MP and Michael Dugher MP on the etiquette of Twitter

In this morning’s round-up of the Hansard Society roundtable on social media campaigning I wrote about the ‘lack of understanding and expertise in new social media channels.’ I didn’t realise at the time that Tory MP Greg Hands was providing us with a text book example that very morning. Much of today’s political Twitter conversation […]

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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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Live video stream of London Conference on Cyberspace #LondonCyber

Very impressed that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is providing embed codes for the London Conference on Cyberspace #LondonCyber Live stream one Live stream two

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Who is winning the UK political social media battle?

Meltwater and The Holmes Report have created an infographic of the UK’s political social media scene. The report focuses on the volume and sentiment of online buzz for David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, from May to September of this year, searching through more than 200 million sources to provide insight into the popularity […]

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Social media in UK politics infographic

Yatterbox, the University of York spin-out start-up that archives UK and US social media output, has released this infographic of social media in UK politics.

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Liam Fox and Adam Werritty put lobbying back on the agenda

The Liam Fox and Adam Werritty saga has absolutely nothing to do with legitimate public affairs practice, but unfortunately it has served to put lobbying firmly back in the media and political spotlight. Today’s Guardian has an interesting article that analyses the coalition government’s meetings with external representatives in the first 10 months of coming […]

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PRCA and Meltwater defend internet freedom–open letter to UK MPs

Dear Alec I am writing to you asking for your help as a concerned constituent following the Court of Appeal’s decision on the 27 July regarding ‘temporary copying’. The decision means that millions of UK citizens will unwittingly be infringing copyright as they surf the Internet. This situation has arisen as a result of a […]

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Hackgate: The Movie

News International – the movie trailer. #notw

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