G20 gets blog treatment

Social media is being used by charities ahead of next week's G20 summit in London.

Major charities are using social media to significantly boost public engagement in next week's G20 summit.

Charities will use Twitter and blogs to encourage the public to closely track events, and submit questions to world leaders as they gather in London on 2 April.

For the first time, selected bloggers will have the same access as journalists to the G20, as part of a government-funded project run by Oxfam, Save the Children, Comic Relief and ONE. The 50 bloggers will use the web to communicate with members of the public who can put forward questions for the world leaders.

The selected bloggers include Adrian Lovett, director of campaigns and comms at Save the Children.

The G20Voice project is the brainchild of Oxfam's digital campaigns manager Karina Brisby. She said it would see 'global leaders being held accountable by the public'.

In a second development, Oxfam has been recruiting volunteers to help boost public engagement in the high profile Put People First march, also due to take place this weekend - days before the summit. Echoing the Make Poverty History march in 2005, thousands of people are expected to descend on London as part of a global campaign to challenge the G20 not to ignore the plight of poor people around the world.

Oxfam is hoping to recruit up to 100 people to post Twitter updates throughout the day.

Finally, ActionAid this week attempted to publicise the march by letting loose a 'megaphone-toting character in superhero garb' on the streets on London. 'MegaMouth' asked shoppers and office workers for their views about world poverty, climate change and the recession.

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