Zigbee meets Alexa

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So, thanks to Black Friday I am now the proud owner of the Amazon Echo Dot.  If I had my way it should be on every shopping list this Christmas – although I haven’t tried the new Google equivalent yet. For those of you …

Delivering digital consultation

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The Democratic Society (in conjunction with Snook) recently published a report for GDS to look retrospectively at the digital aspects of government consultation and make recommendations for a future model. It was disappointing that The Consultation Institute had not been involved at greater depths.  …

Brexit thoughts

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I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a lot of continental Europe.  There will always be things I love and hate about foreign lands but I’ve decided to put up my “top 10’s”.  I suspect this is a very British perspective.  It is a …

Data don’t be evil

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I was inspired when I recently read how a Google employee had secured the Google.com domain for his own company after it accidentally lapsed..and how Google had paid him $6006.13 (aka “Google”) in reward.  Even more inspired when they doubled this after he decided …

Five years in five minutes

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Government is now looking at its digital strategy for the next five years which will set the agenda for the UK and Parliament in that period.  It has revealed four headline themes:- Unlocking digital growth; Transforming government; Transforming day to day life; Building the …

Humber fumbler

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Sometimes you come across something which is so bad that you just have to expose it. As the Government Digital Service has done such a great job improving the quality of online transactions over the last couple of years, I was horrified to come across …

Better online consultation

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It was refreshing to see the range of online consultation attempts by DoH in this video.  As much as I like the folks at Delib, online survey as an input method is just too limited and (let’s be honest) a bit old fashioned.  It’s …

Quantum leap is coming

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A branch of Physics under the name of Quantum is starting to pay dividends. This mysterious science has often been declared as spooky; the truth is that there are unconventional, abstract applications but the only spooks in the system are likely to be the …

Future Responsibilities

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This week I attended an evening session a UCL on Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI). The terminology is current but essentially this is the topic of ethical research – although there was some debate about the origins of the word ‘Responsible’ versus ‘Continual Response’. It …