Parliaments on the Net XI – Realising the Digital Parliament


On 2 and 3 May the Web and Intranet Service hosted the 11th Parliaments on the Net Conference, organised annually by the European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD).

Since 1996, the ECPRD has promoted a series of seminars called ‘Parliaments on the Net’ with the aim of bringing together digital experts from across Europe to share experience and best practice on how Parliaments can best exploit the opportunities offered by the web.

About Parliaments on the Net XI

This year’s seminar theme was ‘Realising the Digital Parliament’ and focused in particular on the shift taking place in many Parliaments from print to digital.

The event was hosted in the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House and was attended by over 70 delegates from across European Parliaments. The conference included presentations from parliamentary staff as well as delegates from other legislatures and external speakers.

Presentations included contributions from Julius van de Laar, Campaigns Consultant & Digital Media Strategist for the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012, Dr Andy Williamson, founder of FutureDigital, and John Sheridan from The National Archives. The event showcased how digital innovations are changing the process of lawmaking and politics around the globe.

The conference was officially opened by the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, and included contributions from John Pullinger and David Beamish with the closing remarks delivered by Sir Robert Rogers.

Watch the recorded sessions

All the presentations were live streaming and recorded and can be viewed at:

Read the Parliaments on the Net blog and view photographs of the conference at: