Mathew Lowry

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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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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So you think “President Trump” is the worst case scenario? The rise of American authoritarianism provides the best article I’ve read explaining the Rise of Trump, even if it’s a bit longer than previous favourites. It covers psychological research into authoritarianism, the profile characterized by a desire for order and a fear of outsiders: “People… » read more

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A short post on the financial costs of not having a European Public Sphere. @voxdotcom did a 4-minute summary of Obama’s 2016 #sotu (State of the Union): Here in Brussels, the @EU_Commission did a “Highlights” video of Juncker’s #SOTEU which, like all EC videos, cannot be embedded by popular WordPress-based blogging platforms like this one… » read more

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The afternoon session at Future Media Lab 2016 showed that while European media are warming to the idea of using advanced language technologies to share content across borders, their audiences are already well ahead of them. This is a repost from the Future Media Lab blog (and so matches its dryness) and covers a workshop… » read more

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With independent journalism increasingly looking like an endangered species, a EU communication strategy that helped European media build the European Public Sphere would be a smarter longterm move than propaganda and brochureware. This is a longer version of an article I contributed to an upcoming book about EurActiv’s first 15 years. Democracies need media to… » read more

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