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I was one of the non-partisan ‘expert panel’ that produced the ‘Digital Government Review’ delivered to the Labour Party.  I did a lot of work on data regulation and Labour made a rare policy commitment to a review of data policy. Labour did not win the…
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The UK Supreme Court said the other day that it was only making video available online for a year citing some storage, copyright and cost reasons that didn’t seem right to me.   With my Crime and Justice Sector Transparency Panel hat on I wrote about it,…
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Russel Brand’s interview with Ed Miliband on YouTube channel ‘The Trews’ has now had 1.2 million views six days after it was released.  I wrote about Brand’s intention to disrupt traditional news and the challenge for public service broadcasters in…
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The media is agog with the prospect of Russell Brand interviewing Ed Miliband on Brand’s The Trews YouTube channel.  Whilst everyone acknowledges there is a circus element to the interview (which I think will go ok – they are both nerds) the tone of much…
The media is agog with the prospect of Russell Brand interviewing Ed Miliband on Brand's The Trews YouTube channel.  Whilst everyone acknowledges there is a circus element to the interview (which I...
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A quick scan through the Conservative Party Manifesto reveals the following bits that reflect my interests in digital and local issues – I may well have missed some let me know in the comments: We have supported the growth of  public service mutuals –…
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Martha Lane Fox gave the Dimbleby lecture this evening.  She raised some excellent points but i can’t stay up to see the broadcast at 1045 (how quaint) so here are some reactions based on an early draft I saw. The BBC – Martha is delivering one of the…
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We have given the old OpenlyLocal map of UK hyperlocal sites a new home and a makeover as localweblist.net with support from Carnegie UK Trust. We’d like you to help us shape the map’s future with suggestions for new features and what should be in it.…
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Startling growth in online video viewing in the last couple of years seems to have passed by the BBC iPlayer, which appears to be at the top of an ess-curve, with slowing growth rates leavened only by the odd hit shows – Sherlock and Top Gear.  So does…
Startling growth in online video viewing in the last couple of years seems to have passed by the BBC iPlayer, which appears to be at the top of an ess-curve, with slowing growth rates leavened only...
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The UK Supreme Court is publishing video of its proceedings on its website in a video on demand service.  This is welcome.  What is baffling is the decision to remove the videos after a year both for copyright, capacity and possibly cost reasons: ‘Footage…
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Belatedly i have managed to go through the Liberal Democrat manifesto, in the way I did the Labour and Conservative ones.   Some interestingly specific recommendations on hyperlocal media not visible in the other major manifestos, some of which are very…
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The Labour Party has published its manifesto for #GE2015 – here is a quick cut and paste of the egregiously digital, media, open data and other bits that reflect the interests I write about here.  It is just a cut and paste job for quick TLDR reference –…
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The Centre for Community Journalism at Cardiff Uni has published this excellent, downloadable and shareable guide to covering the general election today. For those of us currently engaging with local candidates on our independent websites and blogs, this…
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Talk About Local is a project to give people in their communities a powerful online voice. We help people communicate and campaign more effectively using the web to influence events in the places in which they live, work or play.

A good, modern voice on the web can help communities communicate better, become more active and empowered. Community websites and forums make it easier for people to become involved in changing their area. The web can lower the barriers to finding basic information and make it easier to have your voice heard.