eDemocracy reinvented

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There seems to be a lot of interest recently in democratic reform, particularly around digital.  Specifically, the speakers commission on digital democracy and a new inquiry into ePetitions. I have made a number of submissions and watched a number of public debates such as …

What Google knows

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Google has a lot of data.  It is a goldmine of search terms, records and histories yet much of this is hidden from prying eyes.  You can use Google Search Trends to look at search volumes over time (which is fun) but recently I …

Big Red

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China is small miracle. With a population approaching 1.4 Billion, rapid expansion and new wealth have created a wave of citizen interactions with government. The conditions for a digitally enabled government are ripe and new opportunities for enhanced decision making, redress and democracy await …

An update on digital democracy

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My submission to the speakers’ commission on digital democracy below.  You can view the other contributions here. Feedback is also collated in a so-called ‘forum’ (blog, methinks) here.  There is some really good feedback around ‘making laws in a digital age’ on the blog …

Public reading stage

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Some people may have noticed that the coalition government announced a public reading stage on new legislation back at their manifesto.  I’ve been interested in ‘collaborative’ markup for documents for some time now and checking in on the work of Parliament in this area …

Story glory

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The centre for digital storytelling is an inspiration for effective digital engagement.  I quote, “Personal narratives can touch viewers deeply, moving them to reflect on their own experiences, modify their behaviour, treat others with greater compassion, speak out about injustice, and become involved in …

Towards a digital engagement standard

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So, this post is about a piece of work I’ve been contemplating for some time. I’ve been working with the excellent Sciencewise project for some months now – their aim is to “enable better policy making by fostering capacity within the policy-making community to …

Get firm

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Ok, time for a rant.  I’m really fed up of flaky IT products which are taken to market before they are ready.  My most recent example is an Asus RT-AC68U dual band WiFi router – not a cheap bit of kit!  But, guess what, …

Have your say

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Looks like the Co-Op are spending like crazy on their consultation about the future of the group.  It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a ‘have your say’ paid banner  of anything like this size on Yahoo!  Actually, I’m an advocate of paid ads …

Online dialogue upgraded

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So, I’ve been looking for an easy-to-use online collaboration tool for a little while now.  Finally, I think I’ve found it : Loomio. Nicely, Loomio emerged when activists from the Occupy movement collided with businesspeople from the social enterprise network Enspiral and realised that …