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Directory of UK #hyperlocal sites gets a makeover…

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. Chris Taggart’s OpenlyLocal provided sterling public service for years with a user-driven directory of around 700 UK hyperlocals.   Academics, businesses, regulators and the public have found it invaluable.  We gave Chris an (un)award some years ago for his work but he told us he...

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The UK Supreme Court and the mysterious case…

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, with some helpful comments from Andrew Stott and made enquiries which elicited the response below, which is slightly baffling. As far as I can make out the videos have to disappear for five years before they can surface, nuclear submarine-like for public use using a...

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The iPlayer is fading away as internet video…

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 the BBC, who yesterday signed a deal with Facebook to embed video natively on the social network have any new tricks up its sleeve online? iPlayer growth The BBC to its credit publishes monthly iPlayer performance packs based on BBC iStat data....

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Russel Brand Miliband interview out-performs most BBC material…

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 particular to innovate with news forms that are ‘of the internet’ not ‘of tv’.  The BBC’s key weapon for the internet is the iPlayer – the iPlayer does little more than play out TV and Radio shows as they were broadcast other than allowing very limited access to archive material.  ...

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Supreme Court in one step forward, one step…

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 will remain available for approximately one year after the court hearing, before being removed to make way for new cases. For copyright reasons, users will not be able to download the footage for long term storage or editing. ‘The on-demand archive complements the Court’s streaming service...

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Russell Brand more of a threat to the…

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 of the coverage is ludicrously patronising to Brand’s medium – it sounds like 1950s parents being disparaging about pop music.   One broadcaster was marveling that ‘we don’t know what time it will be published’ This tweet nicely sums up the absurdity: Why does @BBCr4today think...

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Liberal Democrat Manifesto – digital, media, #opendata, #digitalinclusion,…

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 similar to those in the work of Carnegie UK Trust, to which Talk About Local contributed.  Following from the manifesto: ‘* Use a variety of measures to ensure that there is a vibrant local and ‘hyperlocal’ media to help inform citizens about their local area and their local politics,...

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Conservative Party manifesto digital, media, #opendata, #digitalinclusion, #hyperlocal,…

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 – organisations that are owned by their staff and deliver public services. We want more of  them, so we will guarantee a ‘right to mutualise’ within the public sector. This will free up the entrepreneurial spirit of  public servants and yield bettervalue for money for taxpayers. Transparency has...

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Labour Manifesto – digital, media, #opendata, #digitalinclusion, #hyperlocal,…

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 – will improve this post as the day goes on.  Naturally it isn’t just about where any of these issues are mentioned explicitly, they will pervade others. We will build an economy that works for working people We will cap structural social security expenditure in...

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Martha Lane Fox Dimbleby Lecture – dot everyone,…

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 2245 (how quaint) so here are some reactions based on an early draft I saw. The BBC – Martha is delivering one of the most BBC of things – an invitation-only lecture in honour of one of its leading journalists broadcast on the prime channel. Yet at the heart of what she says is the failure of the BBC to become the dot everyone organisation she...

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