Archive for the ‘social inclusion’ Category

Evolving the networked neighbourhood: one year on

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

One year ago, E-Government Bulletin published a special report on, an initiative from the pioneering non-profit to connect communities in two neighbouring US cities – Minneapolis and St Paul, known as the Twin Cities – using online forums (see E-Gov Bulletin 346: Funded with a 625,000 US Dollar grant, the project had […]

Digital Literacy Portakabin Looks to Keep On Trucking in 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

A grassroots digital inclusion project that toured the UK with an internet station in a portable cabin, helping residents increase their computer skills, is looking to start up again during 2013 and has put a call out for host destinations. Our Digital Planet ( ) was run by social investment body Nominet Trust during […]

“Crowdfunding” For Town’s Free Wi-Fi Project

Monday, December 10th, 2012

A project to equip a town centre with free Wi-Fi is on track to meet its target fund after setting out to be “crowdfunded” online, E-Government Bulletin has learned. The “Make Mansfield Your HotSpot” project was developed by Mansfield Business Improvement District, a partnership between the council and local business community. It is being run […]

Technology Is Least Of The Challenges For Online Engagement

Monday, December 10th, 2012

By Vineeta Dixit The advent of the internet, social media and mobile devices have changed the way citizens can engage with each other and with their governments. Across the world, governments are facing challenges to their legitimacy as citizens express a rising disquiet with corruption and non-responsiveness. In India, many innovative projects are underway using […]

New Island Horizons: IslandGovCamp

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The first GovCamp specifically to focus on the challenges of digital participation in island communities, IslandGovCamp 2012, took place in Orkney (and on the internet) recently, writes Sweyn Hunter. It was organised by the Orkney ICT Forum, a professional association for people and organisations offering web, ICT and media and communications services in Orkney, which […]

Special Report: – The Power of the Networked Neighbourhood

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Whether it’s advising a concerned mother on how to slow down local traffic or boosting takeaway pizza sales to kick-start a restaurant business, a new network of community forums is proving the real-life benefits that networked neighbourhoods can have for local communities and their residents. Developed by Steven Clift, founder of the non-profit community networking […]

‘Internet Buttons’ Wins Technology4Good Innovation Prize

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

A service allowing anyone to set up a personalised web page of ‘buttons’ to help relatives, older people or anyone who is new to the internet to navigate the web has won the innovation category at last week’s first ever UK ‘Technology4Good’ awards. ‘Internet buttons’ helps people create a page containing large coloured panels and […]

Technology is Key Enabler in ‘Giving White Paper’

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Online charitable donation platforms on central government websites and a financial boost for the UK’s online volunteering database are among measures set out in the government’s recent ‘Giving White Paper’ ( ), aimed at making it easier for people to give time and money to good social causes. The first trial for online donation […]

Volunteer Pool To ‘Crowd-Source’ Web Accessibility

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

An online service helping web users with disabilities report accessibility problems by linking them with thousands of tech-savvy volunteers is to be launched later this year by digital inclusion charity Citizens Online. A trial version of ‘Fix the Web’, sub-titled ‘crowd-sourcing e-accessibility’, was unveiled at this week’s Web Accessibility London Unconference 2010 by Dr Gail […]

Conference report: PEP-NET Summit, Hamburg – Citizens’ Voice

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

When Bernd Reinert, State Secretary at the City of Hamburg’s Ministry of Science and Research, opened last week’s meeting of PEP-NET, the Pan European eParticipation Network, he had two stories to tell of high-profile local online citizen debates that had taken place in recent years. Both had centred on specific proposals – the first, to […]