Personal blogging by Steph Gray, founder of Helpful Digital and erstwhile bureaucrat

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Hold the front page

June 11, 2009

Imagine – hypothetically – you go to work on a Friday morning, and by 5pm (after a busy day of coffee and muffins), your organisation technically doesn’t exist any more. After the initial flurry of rebranding, you decide you need a holding website of some sort, to tell people about the newly-branded organisation while you…

So what do *you* do?

June 1, 2009

At some point, there always comes a new Big Cheese. Could be a new senior manager, a potential client… or even a new set of ministers. If you’re in the lucky position of having a slot in their diary to win them over to the joys of government 2.0, you want to make the most…

Scottish Government and social media

May 30, 2009

Following an invitation from reader and fellow Government webby Christian, I took part in the Scottish Government‘s ‘Digital Summit’ seminar for the organisation’s communications teams in Edinburgh yesterday. It was a great, and highly sophisticated discussion with an excellent personal intro to social media from Rory Paterson of Mediacom Edinburgh, and my first exposure to…

What standards and legal requirements do government websites need to take account of?

May 26, 2009

As well as the questions on social media that Neil asked of his recent interviewees, he also grilled them on some of the practical issues of being a jobbing government webby (something he has also covered brilliantly recently). One particular question – to which we didn’t really hear a corking answer from any of the…


May 12, 2009

Forgive me a slight deviation from the usual fare here: I’m just back from my summer holiday to Italy and wanted to share a couple of tips on travelling by train to Europe: Tip #1: The truly revolutionary thing about the internet isn’t that it enables millions of people to crowdsource information, but that…

Whiteboarding Whitehall

April 22, 2009

I’m on a panel at OpenGov today: ‘a practical one-day conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities of social technologies to enable engagement, collaboration, and transparency in government’. Alongside some impressive luminaries including James Crabtree from Prospect, Paul Evans of the Local Democracy Blog and Mark O’Neill (loosely) from DCMS, we’re tackling the topic of…

Who snoops?

March 25, 2009

Interesting coverage in BBC News and Metro this morning of two examples of ‘government snooping’ on conversations and profiles in social networking services: BBC News: Social networking sites like Facebook could be monitored by the UK government under proposals to make them keep details of users’ contacts. and: Metro: Benefits bosses are trawling profiles on…