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29 April 2013 @ 08:00 – 11:00 Europe/London Timezone
Europe House
32 Smith Square
Westminster, London SW1P 3EU
Invitation only

Social-mediatisation of politics

Some politicians have more followers on Twitter than the number of votes received

– how does this change the way we see and do politics?

Social media and the changing trends of news consumption are remaking politics. How does this change political career-paths and the level of control political parties have over their members? How can parties adapt to this change, both vis-à-vis their members and their voters?.

But it’s not only traditional political parties that must rethink their communication, but also public institutions. Is there a democratic obligation for public institutions to be on social media? If yes, how does that change policy making and traditional boundaries between transparency and confidentiality?

Opening remarks (09.00-09.10)

Opening remarks by Jamie Bartlett of Demos on how social media is changing political parties and empowering protest movements (with special regard to the 2013 Italian elections)

New politics of candidate network vs old politics of party controlled network? (09.10 – 10.30am)

Discussion moderated by Adam Boulton (Political editor, Sky News)

  • David Aaronovitch, columnist, broadcaster
  • Stella Creasy, MP
  • Brie Rogers Lowery,
  • Mark Pack, Author, 100 Ways to Win an Election

Coffee break (10.30 – 10.45am)

Social media empowering governments to better engage with the public – in theory… (10.45 – noon)

Discussion moderated by Professor Simon Hix (LSE)

  • Tony Agotha, spokesman, Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU
  • Alison Daniels, Head of Digital, FCO
  • Jaume Duch, Spokesman and Director for Media, European Parliament
  • Alberto Nardelli, CEO of Tweetminster & Electionista
  • Ben Page, CEO, IPSOS UK
  • Claire Wardle, Director of News Services, Storyful