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Over 70% of EU voters did not vote for the EU. Where now? Update, 7/9/14: via Chris Whitehouse – apparently the figures are slightly worse – “the updated numbers, published on the Parliament website, show that turnout across the EU struggled to reach 42.54% in 2014, well below the 43.1% initially announced” There will no… » read more

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The answer to this post’s title may be so obvious that you wonder why it needs writing, but Jon Worth’s idea to get a Blogging Day for greater European Parliament transparency together got me thinking beyond the knee-jerk reaction. One of the tenets of transparency is full disclosure, so this is where I point out… » read more

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In September last year I wondered whether 2010 would be the year when someone poisoned the well for the use of social media by the EU (here and here). In the last few weeks I’ve been mentally preparing an update post, as it didn’t really look like it was going to happen. So is the… » read more

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Meanwhile, more provocation from the European Parliament’s lovely web team: “there are two kinds of people working in the public relations management milieu of European institutions: the ones that entertain romantic notions about the emancipatory potential of new media … and those that recognize Web 2.0 as yet another tool for managing and projecting the… » read more

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This is the first edition of what I hope will be a series of annual Review Posts, published as part of the My Europe blogging carnival, looking back at the ideas I’ve explored in this blog over the past 12 months. The main reason for doing this review was to test whether these ideas, which… » read more

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PR firm interns posting fake reviews about iPhone apps for their clients. Ghost blogging and tweeting by just about everyone, including thought-leaders in social media. Bloggers not disclosing sponsorship. It’s just a matter of time before someone poisons the well for EU social media. Over the past few months I’ve integrated For Immediate Release, a… » read more

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Creating trust by example

Over on the Belgian IABC’s thriving ‘web2eu’ site, Philip Weiss embedded a TED video of Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, discussing the revolutionary impact of social media (more references on the be-IABC site). It’s really so good I thought I’d repost it here and add some observations (it takes some time to load):

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Following rapid and significant expansion into new markets and sectors of governance and policy, innovative union of nation states (“European Union”, or EU) seeks an experienced: Online Community Manager to gain buy-in at all levels throughout our 27 Members, as well as with external stakeholders on a global level. Principal Duties You will be responsible… » read more

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Trust, the EU and Web 2.0

I was discussing online communities and the EU with some friends before Christmas, when a few interlinked thoughts and ideas popped up, stemming from an earlier post about “trust2“. I thought I’d commit them to screen while they were fresh in my mind, and ask for some ideas. Trust and (election) turnout Given that election… » read more

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Over on iBlog, Claus used a term that caught my attention: Networks such as ERRIN, which is funded by membership contributions and invests in what I would call “TRUST 2.0.”, help to establish that collective understanding and culture of cooperation and facilitate successful involvement in EU projects. While he freely admitted that “Trust 2.0 does… » read more

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