Digital Taskforce launches "Creating a Digital Dialogue" report
21 June 2017
The National Assembly must look beyond the fragmented media in Wales to better communicate its work to a wider audience and address the democratic information deficit, according to the Digital Information and News Taskforce report, published today.
The report encourages the Assembly to lead the way and establish an integrated content service using social media and other channels to engage directly with the people of Wales. It recommends placing people, rather than the institution and its processes at the heart of topical news stories as it looks to build citizen engagement.
Taskforce Chair Leighton Andrews said:
"These are radical proposals to use modern digital communication to better understand what people are thinking and concerned about, to engage in real-time with people and to share with them how their representatives are responding to these issues, and I want to thank the members of the Digital Information and News Taskforce for their work.
"Assembly Members and staff must recognise their role as content creators, and see the Assembly as a content platform which should reflect the nation's conversations about the issues which are of most concern to it."
Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales Elin Jones AM said:
"I want to thank the Digital Information and News Taskforce panel for their work. They have provided us with thought provoking, practical proposals to strengthen the way we communicate as we seek to become an open, digital parliament which engages with all the people of Wales."
"We are approaching the twentieth anniversary of the Assembly, which is an opportunity to refresh the way in which the Assembly presents itself and to build a deep and genuine and dialogue with the people of Wales. I look forward to discussing the report, and how we take it forward, with Assembly Commissioners."
Read the full report:
CREATING A DIGITAL DIALOGUE: How can the National Assembly for Wales use digital to build useful and meaningful citizen engagement? (PDF, 3.1MB)
Read the full press release