WhatsApp is Westminster’s favourite way of communicating. Widely used across government , it is quick, convenient and easy to use. But WhatsApp also brings problems – it can lead to bad decision making, poor record-keeping and a lack of transparency
So how should ministers, special adviser and officials use WhatsApp to ensure that the benefits outweigh the risks? How can the government prevent crucial messages going undocumented? And when is WhatsApp not appropriate for use in government?
Following the IfG’s report on WhatsApp in Government, an expert panel will discuss how to get the best out of WhatsApp in Westminster:
- Lord Bethell, former parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Health and Social Care
- Hugo Rifkind, columnist and leader writer for The Times
- Dr Catherine Haddon, senior fellow, Institute for Government
The event will be chaired by Tim Durrant, associate director at the Institute for Government.