Archive for the category "politics"


On Friday I went to Minibar, the first to present was Charles Armstrong from Trampoline Systems on the practicalities of crowdfunding. These are my notes, they may not make complete sense, although they are reworked somewhat from what I … Read more »

@media 2009

I volunteered for this year’s conference so I was there from 6am packing bags then later answering questions and just generally helping out where needed. I did manage to attend a few sessions so what follows is a brief review … Read more »

Digital Democracy

The more information governments (or their agents) collect on the individual, the more power we give them. Without a digital democracy we must trust that this power is used wisely and with restraint. Read more »


After reading about Microsoft’s proposal for a new meta tag and the pages (and pages) of debate that followed, I’ve been subconsciously trying to find a metaphor to use to express my gut feeling on the topic. Considering myself … Read more »

A week is a long time…

Time is pretty scarce, so here is a brief roundup of links/events/opinions that have come my way… If it didn’t make sense the title is a reference to a quote from Harold Wilson, it seemed fitting given Opera’s move … Read more »

Open and Social Week

My previous post looks like a rant. I think the events of Tuesday allowed a long running issue I had with Government (mostly web) security to spill out. The post was quickly written. I’m usually not as apparently irate, I’m … Read more »

Over and over and over and over….

It happens over and over again. Today the BBC reported that Her Majesty’s (HM) Revenue and Customs has lost the bank details of 15 million(!) child support recipients, apparently that’s all of them. The story is probably going to develop … Read more »

University Content Management ;P

Reading .net today I noticed an article by Patrick Lauke comparing bespoke page production to framework or CMS based methods (“The artisan and the mass-producer“, p. 94, November ’07 edition). He uses the University of Salford as the … Read more »

The Face of Big Brother (tabloid? me? never)

Thanks to Sarah Hepworth for this. I’m so trusting, I hadn’t thought this far, had you? Does what happens in the Facebook stay in the Facebook? A quick google also brought this up: Big Brothers, Big Facebook: Your Orwellian Community… Read more »


YouTube takes the form of something more meaningful and focussed – CitizenTube. Ain’t the Web great?! Example – I now know that, as of April ’07, mothers in Alabama don’t get access to certified professional midwives. Random I know, … Read more »

What is a blog anyway?

Personal vs. Professional.The etiquette of blogs has intrigued me for some time. So much so that I didn’t dare keep one myself for fear of contravening some unwritten rule obvious to a veteran of the Blogosphere but completely alien to … Read more »

Back to blogging…

We’ll see how this blogging carrys on, I really need to keep it up or else links gets lost and I forget my references, anyway, I caught this and really needed to record it…From Cameron Moll’s SXSW blogpost, check … Read more »