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How museums are facing up to the challenges…

Digital disruption. It’s become such a commonplace expression that I’ve even seen it referred to in a ‘cliche bingo’ context. But it is an indisputable fact that so many industries have been disrupted because of the vast opportunities the digital world has presented us all with. And along with the music industry, the legacy media and many, many others, the cultural sector has been similarly disrupted. How do institutions cope with the modern always-on environment? Now the people formerly known as a visitors want to be participants, what will become...

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Radical transparency for journalists – in Africa #polis14…

Some radical transparency initiatives in Africa  present huge opportunities for journalists and citizens.  Parliaments and governments are bring opened up on the web as never before by local activists and coders.    I am lucky enough to come across and sometimes fund this work as a trustee of the Indigo Trust.  Here are some of my favourites: There is a clutch of parliamentary transparency sites that bring about a profound change in the ability to find out who your representative is, contact them and work out what they have been...

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Hangout on digital inclusion

I was delighted to take part in a hangout on digital inclusion for Labour Digital last night.  It gave me an opportunity to raise an angle rarely covered – the importance of online media to people’s participation in local democracy.  A good proportion of the people not online are older people with a background in manual trades.  I have a suspicion that this is a group that will also habitually buy the local paper. As local newspaper owners thin-out their journalists nationwide and move to an increasingly digital model the...

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Digital Britain 2015 Advisory Board

I am delighted to serve on the Advisory Board of the Digital Government Review ’Digital Britain 2015′ being conducted for the Labour Party, that was launched on 12 March 2014. Throughout my professional career I have provided advice to both the UK’s main political parties in government and in opposition, from within the civil service and without it, whilst remaining non-partisan. This appointment is a continuation of that work. I hope to bring to the review my experience of national strategy, good and bad. And my experience of working with remarkable...

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The evolution of n0tice to help publishers with…

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The talkaboutlocal team has a long-standing relationship with the Guardian Media Group’s n0tice.com.Quite aside from my involvement as one of the platform’s founders, the rest of the talkaboutlocal team has also been actively engaged in helping to develop it. And yesterday marked a real milestone in its evolution – a new website, new focus and some major clients on board. Posting on the n0tice Facebook page, The Guardian’s Matt McAlister explains the changes well. “You are probably aware that n0tice is the technology behind GuardianWitness, but now we also work...

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