Archives for October 11th, 2000

ACTIVE DEMOCRACY

Book News, PublicNet: 11 October, 2000

A report published this week by the Local Government Management Network on local democracy in the US makes compelling reading for both council officers and politicians in the UK. It points to the high levels of citizen engagement in local government in the States as one way ahead. It raises some challenging issues for local government here. Little evidence was found in the USA to support the use of electoral turnout as a measure of public interest in councils. Councils in the US are run in a very open way by comparatively few elected councillors elected as community rather than political party representatives. This, the report claims, encourages people to engage with local government and stimulates public interest.The report can be obtained from the LGMN’s website at www.lgmn.org.uk.

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PROPERTY DATA BY MOBILE PHONE

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 October, 2000

The first public service facility to be available by Wireless Application Protocol – WAP – mobile phones has been launched by the Land Registry. This service is available to members of the public as well as property professionals such as estate agents, surveyors and valuers who may wish to make on the spot enquiries about average property sales in the area they are currently located. The service is available at www.landreg.gov.uk/wap/WAP is an open global standard for communication between a mobile device such as a telephone and the Internet and/or other computer applications. WAP technology makes it possible to send and receive Internet-based information to mobile devices i.e. mobile phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). Use of WAP will open significant possibilities for e-government applications. It will help to reduce the divide between the information rich and poor by providing cheap access to the Internet and bringing on line public services to a much wider group of people.

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GOOD HOUSKEEPING READERS GET THE MESSAGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 October, 2000

Readers of the November issue of the Women’s magazine ‘Good Housekeeping’ will be able to read about how they can make the most of their lives. Opportunities to improve and fulfil their potential are set out in articles such as the World of Work, On-line for the Future, Fit for Life and Learning Every Day. These articles, and others which deal with key issues that effect women at home and in the workplace, are contained in Voices, a 68 page supplement to the magazine.The raw information on which the supplement is based comes from the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office and traditionally it would have been published in a report bought from the Stationery Office, or left on the shelf. Through a partnership arrangement with Good Housekeeping the editorial skills of the magazine have been used to make the message readable and interesting. Graphic design flair and printing facilities have also contributed to produce an attractive product.

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