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Power of Information Review

The Power of Information Review (POIR), commissioned by the Cabinet Office, explored the Government’s role in maximising the benefits for communities through new technologies and online tools.

The Review examined the potential to empower the public through information sharing sites on the internet and how these sites, and the knowledge and information held by others, could improve their lives.

The authors, Tom Steinberg, of mySociety, and Ed Mayo, Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council, made 15 recommendations on how Government should respond to the growth of online communities and the new uses for public sector information (PSI). It looked at how PSI could be re-used to benefit communities and how Government could get involved.

Publication of Participation Online

As part of the Power of Information Review (POIR), a set of social media guidelines for civil servants were published in June 2008. The guidelines set out principles for civil servants when participating online.