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Tuesday 15 February 2005
For Immediate Release

CITIZENS HAVE THEIR SAY IN NEW ONLINE FORUMS
Issues forums launched in Brighton & Hove and Newham.

The communities of Brighton & Hove and the London Borough of Newham will have the chance to discuss issues online, in forums launched this week. Using the new open source e-democracy tool GroupServer, communities across the UK are invited to use this system to starting in March 2005.

As part of the local E-democracy National Project, the issue-based discussions will allow citizens and officials to communicate, and in many cases set agendas, on a wide range of issues for their localities.

Local volunteers facilitate and co-ordinate the forums based on rules that encourage substantive discussion and ensure that political doesn’t descend into personal. Volunteer facilitators consult with citizens and officials, but are independent.

The forums aim to...

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