News release: Scottish bloggers meet up with politicians at Edinburgh event

Scottish bloggers, political activists and ‘hacktivists’ have been invited to a free-to-attend conference on social media and politics at Edinburgh University’s ‘School of Informatics’ on Saturday 13th November – 10-4pm

The impact that Twitter, Facebook, and blogs will have on Scottish politics will be explored by a group of political bloggers, politicians, activists and journalists at a free-to-attend event at Edinburgh’s ‘School of Informatics’ on Saturday 13th November.

Organised by leading Northern Ireland political blog, Slugger O’Toole in association with Left Foot Forward, Lib Dem Voice, The Daily Telegraph, this event is designed to help politicians and social media experts understand how politics is likely to change in the face of new media developments.Organiser Paul Evans of Slugger O’Toole said:

“This event is for anyone who has ever asked themselves “why is politics still done like this?” No matter what your allegiance is, there are lots of innovations that we can all welcome and support that could restore trust in politics and politicians – as long as politicians understand how they can work.This event is for people who are active in politics as much as it is for social media activists.

We’ve got innovators from all over the UK who have posted ideas that they’d like to bring to Edinburgh for this event. But it is an ‘unconference’ event – we don’t have many fixed speakers or agenda items – at our conferences, the attendees shape the event.”

The event will include discussions between politicians, bloggers and journalists about the future of democracy in a networked age.

For more information on this event please call Paul Evans (07973 714206) or Mick Fealty (07984 150399) or email admin@sluggerotoole.com – tickets are free of charge and can be booked using the website at http://www.politicalinnovation.org/events

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Editor’s note: Political Innovation is a free event organised by Northern Ireland’s leading political blog Slugger O’Toole in association with Left Foot Forward, Lib Dem Voice, The Daily Telegraph with kind assistance from Informatics Ventures, the Centre for Scottish Public Policy,  Think Public, Holyrood Magazine, NESTA, Channel 4, Puffbox, Clooti, YouGov and The Institute for Government.

We are expecting ten ideas for political innovation to be published by 13th November – current offerings can be seen at http://www.politicalinnovation.org/category/essays/ You can follow us on Twtter @picamp

About Paul Evans

Living in London but working all over Britain and Ireland, Paul is the curator of the Political Innovation project. On twitter as @paul0evans1, blogging mainly at the Local Democracy blog and working mostly for Memeserver Ltd.
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