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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

City Hall's Tangled Web

This is what FoI was invented for.

Boris Johnson's Greater London Authority has answered a Freedom of Information request to list the top 500 websites visited by City Hall computers in the past year.

The answer is a great insight into the online SFW habits of Bojo's staffers.

Obviously london.gov comes top and Google and the BBC are high up.

I'm proud to say PoliticsHome.com comes in at No.17 on the 500-strong list. We are ahead of several national newspapers (including the Guardian, Telegraph, Indy and, surprisingly given Bojo's love of the paper, even ahead of the Sun).

But the list has some other sites that lay bare the viewing habits of City Hall: deadgoodundies.com, fancyapint.com and even a psychic, micheleknight.co.uk. 

Pants, pints and psychics: a lovely summary of Planet Bojo.

There's even one called arseblog.com...but sadly that's just an Arsenal football fan site (which controversially comes ahead of Spurs and other London teams, but then Boris does live in Highbury).

The 500 is listed in order of number of hits, yet City Hall has only listed just a couple for detailed figures.

As the Information Officer points out: "Please be aware that there is a great disparity between the most and the least visited websites, with the websites at the lower end of the list receiving less than 1000 page hits. I have listed two examples below:
1. www.bbc.co.uk (#3) received 190,603 page hits
2. www.treesforcities.org (#488) received 1,045 page hits"

There are some notable omissions - maybe they are 'not safe for work'?

Here's the full list:

 

Enjoy.

 

[The FoI was submitted by Adam Bienkov. And yes I am indeed going to lob in some similar FoIs to Whitehall departments....]

 

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