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Social empowerment through better use of on-line tools
Social empowerment through better use of on-line tools

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We are delighted to see people at last having fun with augmented reality software in the form of Pokemon Go.  Talk About Local have been messing around with AR for years now and with the lovely Adrian Short we developed some software that makes it easy to…

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Sadiq Kahn said ‘I am determined to lead the most transparent, engaged and accessible administration London has ever seen’ in the opening words of his speech at swearing in.  I’ve been working on transparency for ten years now, much of it London focused –…

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We are delighted that Google has made us an offer of funding under the Digital News Initiative for our Local News Engine prototype.  Local News Engine (which I have written about in detail here) will mine local public data for leads for local news stories…

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Since writing about ANPR towards the end of last year I have had a constructive dialogue with police officers about the operation of ANPR.  I wrote to Bernard Hogan-Howe in November and today received a reply from the officer in charge about the ‘Olympic…

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It won’t.  Move along now, nothing to see here.

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In the dead of the Xmas period proving that neither electrons nor Ministers sleep the irrepressible Ed Vaizey asked for contributions to a digital strategy for the ‘next frontier’ of the UK’s ‘digital revolution’. I am not sure revolutions have frontiers…

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The Automatic Number Plate Recognition system in the UK requires a governance structure to ensure its safe and legal operation as a crime and terrorism fighting tool.  My conversations with senior police operating the system suggests that they would…

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In this self explanatory letter, I ask the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter whether the proposed new category of ‘Bulk Personal Dataset’ applies to ANPR and whether the intelligence agencies have a copy of all our journey data as part of the…

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The latest OFCOM data is out on news consumption in the UK.  On a quick look local independent web news is a small part of the market at 3% but punching vastly above its weight when one considers the hundreds of millions, even billions of pounds being…

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Weekly lists of local civic information (law courts, planning, licensing of alcohol, entertainment, adult, gambling etc) are a strong source of story leads for local journalists of all types. These lists can be over 500 pages long, requiring patience,…
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