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More heat than light?
Can social media inform policy making?
Use of social media continues to grow and the way it is used changes with every new application designed to grab our attention. We use social media for playing games, keeping ourselves informed about the world and for connecting with people we know. But political conversations are also happening across social media. The challenge for politicians and policy-makers is how to best understand these conversations and how to effectively be part of these discussions online.
This event, organised in collaboration with the WeGov project, will ask how, if at all, social media can inform policy-making and will explore the underlying questions that face this emerging field.
The event will address the following issues:
- Personal or public space - how do citizens feel about their views being used by policy-makers without their knowledge?
- Trust - do politicians need to be clearer about what they are using social media for?
- Representativeness - could using social media to inform policy advantage the views of the already privileged?
- Rory Cellan-Jones - Technology Correspondent, BBC
- Deborah Mattinson - Director, Britain Thinks
- Nick Jones - Deputy Director of Digital Communications, Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office.
- Kevin Brennan MP - Social Media MP of the Year, 2010
- Nick Pickles - Director, Big Brother Watch
Audience participation is encouraged. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion from the audience once the panellists have spoken. There will also be demonstrations of the WeGov toolkit before and after the panel discussion. Lunch will be provided from 12 noon.
When & Where
Founded in 1944, the Hansard Society is a charity working in the UK and around the world to promote democracy and strengthen parliaments. An independent, non-partisan political research and education Society, our work is rooted in the belief that the health of representative democracy rests on the foundation of a strong Parliament and an informed and engaged citizenry.