Innovation in Democracy Programme

We’re delighted to tell you about Demsoc’s involvement in the UK Government’s Innovation in Democracy Programme. We will be working with three areas in the planning, design and delivery of Area Democracy Forums – the programme’s name for mini-public deliberative democracy events similar to citizens’ assemblies. The Innovation in Democracy Programme was announced last year […]

Have people in Northern Ireland given up on democracy?

What do people in Northern Ireland think of democracy? Have they become downheartened, disappointed, disillusioned? If the crowds that came for Democracy Day in Belfast last month are anything to go by, it’s clear there’s a lot of enthusiasm and energy for democracy – and plenty of ideas for how to fix it!   Coincidentally meeting as […]

Fostering open data – what community news can do

How can community news and info publishers help improve access to local data? asks Mark Headd, chief data officer for the City of Philadelphia, in a Knight Digital Media Centre blogpost. According to Headd, when you ask for data, explain why you want the data, how you hope to help the community with it. According […]

Media Regulation: Case for a Press Ombudsman

I resume this post on press regulation warily [the first part is here]. After all, no less an authority than the editor of the Daily Mirror informed Lord Leveson’s enquiry that bloggers are cowboys. Perhaps, instead of sharing ideas we considered on the design of a future regulator at the Democratic Society roundtable before Christmas, […]

Lunchtime list for June 3rd

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: French bid for euro zone government gains ground – More positioning from France, Germany and EU Council President. Worth reading for background on this quietly important story Life inside the North Korean bubble – Fascinating film from BBC Newsnight, with footage from […]