Edinburgh City Council To Webcast Meetings

Submitted by edg on Fri, 14 Sep '12 6.26pm

The City of Edinburgh Council will be webcasting its meetings live as part of a one year pilot programme. The first meeting will be publicly webcast via the council's Public-i web site from 10am on Thursday, 20 September. As well as the live cast, meetings will be archived and will usually be available two days later.

The Council hopes that the project help to create a better understanding among members of the public about how the Council works and makes decisions, thereby opening up democracy in the capital.

As well as the webcast, visitors can also see the reports and documents for each agenda item.

Archived meetings will automatically be indexed by both agenda item and speaker to make it easier for viewers to choose items they are interested in.

Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said: “The Council makes decisions which affect the lives of every single person in Edinburgh. We are committed to improving how we engage with Edinburgh residents and the pilot will be a great tool to help us to be more open and transparent."

He added: “More and more people access news and information via the internet. Given that my background is in information technology I am very conscious of the need to take advantage of it and use it to engage with our communities and encourage them to take a greater interest in how the Council works."

Edinburgh City Council Meetings live webcast schedule (meetings start 10am):

  • Thursday 20 September 2012
  • Thursday 25 October 2012
  • Thursday 22 November 2012
  • Thursday 13 December 2012
  • Thursday 31 January 2013
  • Thursday 7 February 2013
  • Thursday 14 March 2013
  • Thursday 2 May 2013
  • Thursday 30 May 2013
  • Thursday 27 June 2013

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