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GWYNEDD BROADCASTS MEETINGS ON THE NET

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Gwynedd CC has become the first local authority in Wales to broadcast meetings live on the internet. ...
Gwynedd CC has become the first local authority in Wales to broadcast meetings live on the internet.

The Daily Post (22 July, p12) reported that the system was developed by a project development team from the University of Wales.

Arwel Jones, who leads on IT matters on the council's executive committee, said: 'We are using the latest technology to create an open and accountable council. This is democracy at its best - using the internet to broadcast meetings means that out discussions are opened up for the world to see.'

The council's IT strategy officer, Richard Walker, said: 'We are breaking new ground with this system and we will be looking at ways of extending the service.'

It is possible to listen to meetings in both Welsh and English. When exempt matters are discussed and when the meeting has ended, the system shuts down automatically.

The project has been funded in part by Llwybr-Pathway, a European scheme to promote information in rural Welsh communities.

The address is www.gwynedd.gov.uk.

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