Participation Success Factors: a quick followup

What happened when 60 odd people had a go at the Participation mindmap? The Europecom session went well yesterday, judging by the Tweets. I’d never even been to an event run on World Café lines, so thank goodness the others knew what they were doing. In the end the mindmap – which started out as [...]

First tests of ConTEXT on BloggingPortal reboot (updated)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 13/10/14
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After months plagued by unresponsive servers (and their administrators) and crashing hard drives, results from the first tests of applying the ConTEXT semantic engine to the BloggingPortal reboot are in, just in time for EuropCom 2014 this Wednesday. Ron Patz (@ronpatz) will present our findings – and the reboot project in general – at a [...]

What are the top Success Factors for EU eParticipation? (updated)

On October 15th Anthony Zacharzewski (@anthonyzach) of the Democratic Society and I will facilitate an EuropCom 2014 WorldCafé session on improving citizens participation in EU affairs. This post is my personal Call for Ideas – if you have good or bad examples, ideas of what works and what doesn’t, I want to hear them. The [...]

Venture-backed US media: over-funded & over here?

If you care about EU democracy you need to care about European media, particularly as the upcoming US media invasion gets underway. They’ll be pushing on an open door when they get to Brussels. Anyone interested in the Internet and/or media and/or democracy should have followed the development of media business models since at least [...]

Trading activity for meaning

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 24/09/14
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Last year I decided to get Information Overload under control, setting up a GTD system with a DoIt-driven morning routine and Pocket, Diigo and IFTTT to queue, store and share useful stuff. I was all set. For what, I wasn’t sure. But I was sure as hell organised. And then, a couple of days ago, [...]

From longform renaissance to Big Internet disenchantment (#B2B4ME part 2)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 17/09/14
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As I mentioned in my previous post, the past couple of years have seen a lot of innovation in online content strategy, coupled with growing disenchantment with “Big Internet”. These trends triggered my return to blogging, so I thought I’d start with an overview.  The Rise of Longform Across the pond, the past few years [...]

#B2B4ME: Back to Blogging

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 16/09/14
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B2B once meant ‘Business to Business’. After the first online bubble popped, it became ‘Back to Banking’ (alongside its close cousin ‘Back to Consulting’), as legions beat a retreat to the safety of corporate life. And now, perhaps, it means Back to Blogging, and apparently not just for me. After experimenting blogging on Google+ and/or [...]

Blogging on LinkedIn, or Paying on Facebook? (Updated)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 02/06/14
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Since trying and half-rejecting Google+ and Tumblr, I’ve been accepted as a LinkedIn blogger. At least I never bothered with Facebook. [6/6/14: Updated re: LinkedIn stats, below] [30/6/2014: LinkedIn just lost my most recent draft. Abandoning ship - see LinkedIn: Amateurish tools for professional blogging] Last summer I rethought my online presence, trying and discarding [...]

Dialogue of the deaf: interpreting the election results (updated)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 26/05/14
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Over 70% of EU voters did not vote for the EU. Where now? Update, 7/9/14: via Chris Whitehouse – apparently the figures are slightly worse – “the updated numbers, published on the Parliament website, show that turnout across the EU struggled to reach 42.54% in 2014, well below the 43.1% initially announced” There will no doubt [...]

BloggingPortal, meet conTEXT

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 13/05/14
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Recent conversations on how Apache Stanbol, an EC research project, could both support the BloggingPortal reboot and use it to expand its language coverage led me to conTEXT, which “… allows to semantically analyze text corpora (such as blogs, RSS/Atom feeds, Facebook, G+, Twitter or SlideWiki.org decks) and provides novel ways for browsing and visualizing the [...]

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