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Society hosts social media event at Politics Festival

10 August 2009

The impact of social media such as Facebook on the democratic system will come under scrutiny in next week's Festival of Politics, courtesy of the Law Society of Scotland.

In association with Young Scot, the Society is hosting an event entitled “Facebook – The New Democratic Forum”, where a panel will debate whether social media can be used by the Scottish Parliament and its members to enhance engagement in the democratic process.

The panel will include Michael Clancy, the Society's Director of Law Reform, who will give his views on how politics can benefit from the use of new media especially in light of the Digital Britain Report and the use of new media in political campaigns. Calum Howe, President of Robert Gordon University’s student Law Society, will offer his thoughts on the use of social media from the perspective of someone about to enter the profession. Siobham Graham, from Young Scot and a member of the Youth Alcohol Commission, will discuss whether the Commission represents a good example of engaging young people via new media.

The Festival of Politics runs at the Scottish Parliament from 18-22 August. In addition to holding 46 individual events over the five days, the Festival is playing host to the World Press Photo exhibition – the world’s premier photojournalism exhibition, which runs until 5 September. More details of the full programme can be found at the Festival of Politics website www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk, or on the Festival of Politics Facebook page.

Tickets for the Society's event, to be held on Wednesday 19 August at 3pm, can be booked in advance via the website, or picked up on the day, subject to availability. 

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