Tag Archives: Digital Communications

May 18 2011

Privacy: Google's #bigtentuk debate [live blog]

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A big tent meeting is one that attracts diverse views says (my former boss) Peter Barron of Google at the beginning of their big privacy debate held in a huge margquee in the grounds of posh country hotel outside Watford.  Not … Continue reading

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Mar 12 2011

Embracing Uncertainty: diplomacy and disruption

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Authority hates uncertainty. Big business and government feel safest when life is predictable and stable. Change implies a risk that your grip on power will be weakened. And unexpected change is the worst kind of all. But if uncertainty is … Continue reading

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Mar 11 2011

Who Are We Fighting The Information War With?

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This is the first of a couple of blogs stimulated by a visit to POLIS/LSE by members of Hillary Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft team, the digital diplomats from the State Department. Hillary Clinton’s internet advisor Alec Ross gave a compelling … Continue reading

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Feb 11 2011

After Tunisia and Egypt: towards a new typology of media and networked political change

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Social media did not ’cause’ the revolutions in Tunisia or Egypt. But if I want to find out where the next uprising in the Middle East might occur, that is certainly where I would look. Social media is now a … Continue reading

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Feb 11 2011

Nokia and Microsoft: Creativity is still cultural

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As Nokia and Microsoft line up a partnership that they hope will revive both their fortunes  in the mobile market, I am reminded of a trip to Nokia a couple of years ago. Visiting their Helsinki HQ to talk to … Continue reading

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Feb 3 2011

Egypt: A Case for Net Neutrality? (guest blog)

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Amidst the coverage of Egypt’s Internet shutdown, a question frequently raised during last term’s POLIS Media Dialogues series seems increasingly relevant: how can Information & Communications Technology companies (ICTs) uphold their commitment to protect customers’ freedom of expression when this right conflicts … Continue reading

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Jan 26 2011

Data Visualisation in Davos: it’s beautiful but what’s it for?

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The combination of a new flood of open data combined with cheap, clever, open source tools means that we can visualise information in beautiful and compelling ways that was not possible before. But what’s it for and where is it going? … Continue reading

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Dec 19 2010

What is an informed society? From Dubai to Davos

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One of the positive things to have emerged from the whole Wikileaks story is a fresh debate about the idea of an Informed Society. The President of the World Economic Forum has said he won’t invite Julian Assange to Davos … Continue reading

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Dec 6 2010

Surreal Media Is The Real Media: From C**t to Wikileaks

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Is it me or is news getting more surreal? Today we have fake Lib Dem MPs resigning on live radio, BBC presenters mangling ministers names into obscenities, and the US government telling its workers not to read Wikileaks because the … Continue reading

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Nov 29 2010

Wikileaks: now that's what I call an informed society…

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The timing could not have been better. I am in Dubai to lead a global council discussion on Informed Societies with some top people from journalism, public relations, social media and universities. The Wikileaks revelations of how international diplomacy really … Continue reading

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