Mathew Lowry

BlogActiv turns 10 today, so now is as good a time as any to shutter this blog, for now at least. It’s impossible to date any blogging platform’s birth (the first test post? alpha version launch? beta?), but I went through this exactly nine years ago, when I pointed out: There were plenty of posts… » read more

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Europe’s success in eliminating mobile roaming charges may be the first “data4policy” case study where the data was website traffic, and illustrates the rewards of allowing innovation to flourish at the edges of large organisations. Expect to hear a lot from the EC about their 12-year campaign against mobile roaming charges, which disappear tomorrow across… » read more

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Fighting people with facts only makes them cling to their beliefs more strongly, further polarising our damaged societies. Different tactics are needed, and they start closer to home than you think. I probably wasn’t the only person working in EU communications who thought that Euroscepticism could be beaten by reasoned argument. Like many, I suffered… » read more

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I haven’t posted here recently, but you missed a lot of quality content last year if you didn’t subscribe to my enewsletter. Most of it was not mine. Hundreds of carefully curated links (enewsletter) Most of the 21 (so far) editions of my “Top3ics” enewsletter, published on Tumblr, look at 3 topics – journalism, augmented… » read more

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I finally vlogged my first event. Some first impressions. I’m no gadget freak, but when Damien van Achter showed me the DJI Osmo (right) at the Brussels Hacks/Hackers Event last June I had to have one. It’s an odd-looking piece of kit: a 4K, zoomless videocamera atop a handle, with a dedicated sideclamp for your… » read more

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The permanent banning of uber-troll Milo Yiannopoulos from Twitter was probably long overdue. It’s time for non-trolls to stop complaining and start defending civility in our social spaces, or simply decamp to build better ones. (image: NextWeb) I’m not here to argue the rights and wrongs of this particular case (for what it’s worth, Yiannopoulos… » read more

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Brexit, as experienced by a British-Australian comms guy in Brussels. I used to be sure of many things. Now I’m questioning a lot. But not everything. I used to think rational arguments mattered I trained in physics in Australia and turned up in Brussels as a science writer. As I pointed out in 2010, “science… » read more

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What happened when I was invited to “do a Rápido” at the IABC’s conference in Rotterdam earlier this week. A Rápido, as I explored with it’s originator Ezri Carlzebach last year, is a maximum 5-minute image-rich presentation on any topic related to the conference theme. Given that the IABC are focusing on Driving Business With… » read more

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EurActiv.com is opening one of its media innovations to other media interested in increasing competitiveness through translated syndication. (Update, 31/3/16: this project was covered, among many other things, in an interview with professional EU interpreter Alexander Drechsel in his podcast Demos ex machina? Multilingual communication with Mathew Lowry). EurActiv has been a digital media innovator… » read more

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I’ve been invited to prepare a “Technology Buyer Challenge” on Hashtag Platform for the Language Technology Industry Summit this May. (Update, 31/3/16: this project was covered, among many other things, in an interview with professional EU interpreter Alexander Drechsel in his podcast Demos ex machina? Multilingual communication with Mathew Lowry). So I dug out some… » read more

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