Community Councils in Scotland online.. ..ish

Only 22% of Scottish Community Councils have up-to-date online public presences. Only 4% of Community Councils have easily accessible online planning content. Most Community Councils websites communicate from Community Councils to citizen – only 10% use social media to host online discussion and opinion-gathering…

These are the findings of Dr Bruce Ryan and Peter Cruickshank who recently published this study:

Scottish Community Councils online – 2012 – Ryan Cruickshank

Here’s a snippet:


Please read on, there is lots of useful and interesting information in this research, too much to mention on this blog.

Dr Bruce Ryan ( is currently studying towards an MSc in Information Systems Development
at Edinburgh Napier University. His interests include IT use in educational publishing and application of IT to
social issues.
Peter Cruickshank ( joined the Centre for Social Informatics as a member of the
International Teledemocracy Centre (ITC). He has a background in business, accountancy, IS Audit and information
security generally. He retains an active interest and delivers courses and lectures in these and related areas.