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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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Guardian CEO Andrew Miller joins Talk about Local’s…

Talk About Local has been calling for a new relationship between the BBC and other local news providers for some years: one based on sharing stories and news assets paid for by the tax payer but that have no commercial value and a more mutual approach  And now the Guardian has joined in. Andrew Miller says of BBC content: ‘Where there’s no commercial value, it should be made freely available for national, local and hyper-local organisations to explore. It would mean more detailed storytelling. It would reinforce the BBC’s place as...

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