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‘The future’s bright – the future’s local’ –…

The Carnegie Trust has today produced the report, The future’s bright – the future’s local, after studying the space and its opportunities while running the Neighbourhood News initiative in locations around the UK. Over the last two years, the Trust has been working with five local news organisations across as part of its project, which was set up to help develop innovative ways of producing local news with local organisations. The headline grabbing recommendation from the report today is that the government should widen existing financial interventions in the local...

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Local web use data – one in ten…

Handy round up from OFCOM of a range of internet statistics including local news One in ten say they use local community websites or apps at least weekly (7% in 2013) (page 50). Overall number of sites on Openly Local down, mainly due to Local People network dying slowly.  OFCOM also give good prominence to the excellent work of Andy Williams, Dave Harte et al throughout – Talk About Local has greatly enjoyed being part of the Creative Citizens research consortium. According to Ofcom’s news survey research, half (51%) of UK...

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Ethical governance, data and technology – Digital Government…

It’s been great fun to be on the Digital Government Review with some very bright and lovely people.  I have been particularly interested in how we can help technology companies and government deliver remarkable new services based on data that don’t scare the living daylights out of people or auto-destruct in a massive storm of ethical protest that their inventors didn’t dream of.    I see there is early media interest in this so I thought I would bring some of the thinking together in a blog post. We need as...

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Our next unconference is in February #tal15

We’ve got some good news to share – our next Talk About Local unconference is going to be on Saturday 28 February 2015 and we’d love to see you there. After tramping around the country (Stoke, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds) over the past five years, this year we’re delighted to be in London and have been invited inside the wonderful British Library who very kindly are lending us their conference centre. It’s a very easy venue to get to, next to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations and a...

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DVLA – what are you going to do…

My longstanding interest in public policy and data is piqued this morning by this bizarre phrase used by DVLA in their otherwise admirable new car tax service as they seek to gather voluntary data: ‘The email address and/or mobile number supplied by you may also be used to ask about your experience of using this service, or to gain further insight around other motoring services. The DVLA does not share mobile phone numbers or email addresses with any outside organisations. Please tick if you wish to be sent information.’ Not...

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