Do a good deed over the weekend?

If you edit any website or blog, why not make sure that there is a link to the Electoral Commission’s ‘About My Vote‘ website. It encourages people to register and makes it all as easy as possible to do it online. It’s even not that bad from a usability point of view which isn’t a universal statement about public sector websites.

Every councillor website and weblog should have a link to this site, I reckon, and I’ll be making sure that the 1,000 or so Councillor websites that I help to manage have a link fairly soon.

 

You can find out about your right to vote and register here.

You can find out about your right to vote and register here.

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Guidelines confetti – a few observations

Subjecting politicians to excessive regulation discourages interactivity.

Subjecting politicians to excessive regulation discourages interactivity.

I’d been planning to do this blog for years, but the thing that finally nudged me to get on with it was this story (my first post) about how an MP’s online allowance was docked by the Parliamentary authorities because he used it in the way that you would expect politicians to use such an allowance.

Meanwhile, the incorporation of social media into bureaucratic priorities gathers apace. A while ago, the Local Government Engagement Online blog has helpfully pulled together a set of guidelines from around the world, ones that can be added to the UK Civil Service Partipation Online guidelines.

Now, I’ve not read these all exhaustively, but I have put a fair bit of time in to scan them.

Given the size of the task, I may have not noticed something that I would suggest should be right at the top of each document – certainly each one that has been drafted by any governmental body. Continue reading