Archive for the ‘Community networking’ 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 […]

“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 […]

EGB Special Report: Smart Citizens Make Smart Cities

Friday, October 5th, 2012

By Tristan Parker Can our environment be improved by better access to information? A digital participation project in Barcelona aims to prove it can. The Smart Citizen project ( begins by measuring and recording environmental data such as air quality and temperature, using low-cost sensors. The data is then uploaded to an online Smart Citizen […]

Augmented Reality is New Environment For Local Data

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

A new pilot project is allowing citizens to see local service information such as planning applications and food hygiene ratings of cafes projected live onto images or videos of their local area using “augmented reality” (AR) software. Data can be seen overlaid live onto locations by pointing a smartphone or tablet computer with a camera […]

Social Media Dialogue to Boost Community Regeneration

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A project using technology to engage local people to help reinvigorate a run-down inner city shopping area is one of 31 new “community hubs” being funded by the national digital inclusion network UK Online Centres ( ). The initiative will use Facebook, Twitter and SurveyMonkey (an online survey creation tool) to gauge local opinion, […]

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 […]

US challenge on for community smartphone apps

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Judging is set to end this week for a major US government challenge to find the best smartphone apps that help people access local public data to improve their lives. Top prize in the contest is 30,000 US Dollars in development funding, with eight other prizes on offer totalling a further 70,000 Dollars. During the […]