LGSA accelerates social media push

By Paul Hemsley The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) has become the latest local government peak body to launch a Twitter account as part of its website redesign and relaunch. The LGSA has joined the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Victorian Local Governance Association […]

CSIRO says tech tools can help in disasters

By Paul Hemsley The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has revealed that emerging technologies such as computer modeling and social media can help governments and emergency services more effectively manage natural disasters like bushfires and floods. In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the United States in October as […]

Food app trucks-up Sydney

By Paul Hemsley City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore has dished out Apple and Android smart phone applications for city diners to track the location of the council’s latest cultural innovation: food trucks. The new app sources instant information from five food trucks now operational in the council trial and follows similar programs in London […]

Managing social media risk

Managers in government find the Social Media Risk: Privacy and Governance Forum 2012 to be of interest to move smoothly into a world dominated by emerging forms of online communications. It’s essential to grasp how social media is fast evolving and the emerging semantic web opportunities. As social media becomes more connected and gains further […]

Adapting to social media demands

Government organisations around the world are faced with new demands, new expectations and a fast-growing array of new technologies and tools. To be effective in today’s complex, interlinked and fast-changing environment, government departments need to redesign structures and processes to capitalize on emerging connected technologies. The Future Social Government Australia 2012 forum has been designed […]

Social media and national security

By Fergus Hanson (Director of Polling at the Lowy Institute and is currently a Visiting Fellow in ediplomacy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.)   Across the foreign and security policy spectrum, Australia and the United States share a great deal in common. On one foreign policy issue there is a virtual chasm between […]

‘Shovel-ready’ announced as Word of the Year

By Rob O’Brien The Macquarie Dictionary has announced ‘shovel-ready’ as the Word of the Year for 2009 for inclusion in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online.   Its meaning: ‘capable of being initiated immediately, as soon as funding is assured’ (of a building or infrastructure project), reflected an issue that dominated 2009, according to […]


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