Open government risks becoming an oxymoron

On April 19, 2014, in Civil society, Digital democracy, Europe, Open data, Open Government, Politics, Transparency, UK, by Andy Williamson

When open government, open data and transparency become too much of a good thing, government has to find a way to close it all down, and it needs to do this in full view of the public. There are many reasons why governments are moving towards transparency and adopting open government principles. When I work […]

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Submission to the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy


A copy of my submission to the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy The text is included below, with some minor edits for formatting, or you can read the complete submission in PDF format  This submission discusses the broader issues of digital engagement, the public’s relationship with Parliament and its inter-connectivity (or lack of) with the […]

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Event review: Will the EU get a social media election?

On November 26, 2013, in Campaigning, Europe, European Union, Parliament, Social media, by Andy Williamson

I took part in a great discussion at the European Parliament’s UK Information Office to debate the role that social media is going to be play in the upcoming 2014 EU Elections. There’s a nice review of the event here from The Democratic Society: You can read the review here and the EU Parliament created […]

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Five characteristics of authentic social innovation

On November 8, 2013, in Innovation, by Andy Williamson

I’m a bit uncomfortable with the social entrepreneurship model that I see (mostly) applied in the UK. It’s focussed on the wrong stuff and, more often than not, is neither social nor entrepreneurial. Yes, there’s good stuff out there and lots of good ideas but the majority of systems and funding in place is wrong, […]

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New poetry collection: Lost. And Found

On October 28, 2013, in Poetry, Publication, by Andy Williamson

My new collection of poetry has just been published, you can buy a nice retro print copy from Amazon UK or (it’s worth it as the print quality is better!) or take a look online and download it if you want to:

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Going beyond the tools: Effective social media in policy communication


Last week I gave a talk at European Conference on Public Communication held at the European Parliament and the Committee for the Regions in Brussels. The talk is about the need to get strategic and start thinking beyond the tools: After years of focusing on tools and technologies, public communicators want to give social media […]

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