More Gov live blogging

There’s no doubt what the hot trend in blogging is: real time, thanks largely (or perhaps solely?) to the superb CoverItLive application/service. And following the apparent success of the Progressive Governance Summit last month, we’ll be seeing another e-government example today.
More than 80 MDs, CEOs, chairmen and Presidents from big-name global companies, plus a few heads of government (including our own) and various other dignitaries are attending ‘Business Call To Action’ – a London conference, backed by the UK government and UN Development Programme, to talk about what business can do to reduce poverty in the developing world, and get the Millennium Development Goals back on track. It’s quite an illustrious guest list, even if it’s only published in PDF.
The web component isn’t Downing Street-branded, but it’s being managed by the Downing Street team, with some Puffbox assistance (although most of the work has been handled by someone else). The plan is to run another liveblog of the proceedings, again using CoverItLive… plus a bit of video, and Flickr/Twitter mashing if schedules allow.
On my last post on the subject, Paul Canning queried the value of liveblogging, in the context of election coverage… and I take his point, in that context. But for something like this, it can provide an excellent channel for colour commentary, or even ‘context sensitive links’: when we did the ProGov event, people were contributing URLs providing additional background on the points being raised, for people who didn’t know the subjects. (Like, for example, me.)

3 thoughts on “More Gov live blogging”

  1. Live blogging’s ok as a pure news source about a live story or as an extension to an event.
    But if you can’t hear what’s being spoken at a conference, then reading a live blog is pure voyeurism for anyone not actually in the room, and lacks real engagement with the event?
    It feels like there’s a difference between the usefulness of live blogging Steve Jobs at an Apple launch (single voice, agenda understood) and a large event with prepared speeches and lots of participation by attendees (multiple voices, random agenda).
    Colour commentary on top of an unseen canvas!

  2. Absolutely. There’s a great example of where it’s extremely useful at the moment – Lebanon.
    didn’t mr dale make some crude sexual reference to the local election results liveblogging?

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