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A new one-stop guide for local authorities to the internet, entitled Net.Working, was published yesterday by the As...
A new one-stop guide for local authorities to the internet, entitled Net.Working, was published yesterday by the Association of District Councils.

The report also examines the major issues facing local government's use of the internet and reveals the extent of use and expertise. An exclusive survey shows that 70 per cent of local authorities sat they use the internet as an information source but other results indicate that internet usage in local government - district councils in particular - is still in its infancy and facing teething problems.

The survey of a sample of 168 local authorities says that 35 per cent of respondents provided or planned to provide internet public access information points in area offices, libraries and council reception areas. Three-quarter of respondents indicated that would have a world wide web presence by the Summer of 1997. But only 3 per cent has authorised access for councillors, despite the obvious potential for electronic mail communication with their authority and their constituents.

The new guide explains internet jargon, offers best practice advice for local authorities on setting up their own web sites and lists useful addresses for councils interested in browsing the world wide web.

The business case for the internet and organisation-wide intranets is addressed, along with associated issues of security and control, such as staff protocols for use of the net.

The report looks at the business opportunities for local authorities in community networking and addresses the main problems local authorities have encountered during the set-up of web sites.

The booklet cost£75 per copy. For ten or more there is a discounted price of£10.

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