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Alan Connor | 12:45 UK time, Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Earlier in February, Pete Clifton blogged here about the BBC's Digital Democracy project and mentioned the pioneering work of web services like mySociety's They Work For You.

John O'Donovan, Tom Steinberg and Jem Stone
John O'Donovan (Principal Technical Architect, FM&T Journalism); Tom Steinberg (Director, mySociety); Jem Stone (BBC Social Media Group)

Today's Pic Of The Day is of yesterday's afternoon-long brainstorm with Tom Steinberg and Francis Irving of mySociety, asking what the BBC could learn from their various civic websites and services and what unique ingredients the Beeb can bring to complement the work done by charities and volunteers.

If you have any thoughts about how the BBC can fulfill its democratic public purposes as defined by the Royal Charter [pdf], please do leave a comment at Pete's post.

The Public Purposes of the BBC are as follows-- (a) sustaining citizenship and civil society; (b) promoting education and learning; (c) stimulating creativity and cultural excellence; (d) representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities; (e) bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK; (f) in promoting its other purposes, helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services and, in addition, taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television.

Alan Connor is co-editor, BBC Internet Blog.


  1. At 04:06 PM on 19 Feb 2008, Michael Smethurst wrote:

    What are the rights restrictions for BBC Parliament? Does the BBC only have 7 day rights? For Lords debates? Commons? Committees?

    If we have permanent rights for any of these programmes why do they disappear from iplayer (and hence /programmes) after 7 days?

    If we added the ability to link from /programmes episode pages to theyworkforyou debate pages would anyone in BBC Parliament populate these links? Would we be breaking any rules?

    Just wondering and wondering here cos i don't know who these questions should go to...

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