Social Media and Politics 1/2

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How have social media changed politics and the relation between politics and the public?

The emergence of social media has been huge – it now holds a prominent place in society, with seemingly everything having some form of involvement with social media. Whether it’s the ability to tweet your opinion of a TV programme under a show-specific hashtag or advertising campaigns actively encouraging engagement on social networks – the platform is huge.

Politics has not been immune to this change either. As social media seems to stamp more and more of its mark on the world by the day, politics has ended up being no exception to this. Continue reading

The Freedom of Information Act 2000

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act), which has given us important stories such as the MPs’ expenses scandal of 2009, is currently being reviewed by a government commission. The commission is being chaired by Sir Jeremy Heywood, Britain’s top civil servant and a well-known critic of the Act. His goal is to limit it, and so has set up a commission to review it and potentially identify “improvements” that could be made to the Act.

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