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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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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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A hand-picked selection of posts designed to give you something to think about as the year turns. (note: this first appeared as the December 22 edition of my roughly fortnightly newsletter. Browse all editions and subscribe if you like it.) — Looking back: the 2015 list of 2015 lists Because now is the season to… » read more

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Before you obsess over your next analytics report, read the recent article by Ev Williams (Twitter and Medium cofounder) on measuring what matters. William’s article was prompted by the infantile way otherwise supposedly intelligent people (venture capitalists, Wall St analysts, tech & business journalists…) measure the value of companies like Twitter and Instagram: we literally… » read more

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Here’s a conundrum for you. And a probably quite dangerous post for me. Consider the “Science – it’s a girl thing” video: Shocking, eh? Moreover, this came relatively soon after the infamously racist Enlargement video (hard to find, but a cruelly funny copy can be found here), so my initial, gut reaction was awestruck horror.… » read more

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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… » read more

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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… » read more

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Well, plus ca change – absolutely none of the things some BloggingPortal editors said we’d do after our meeting in January have been done, apart from our own posts and what Stefan did, which is ironic given that he told us he had no time to do anything. But maybe there wasn’t much point: we… » read more

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Tonight I’ll be toddling along to Grilling Kippers, a UKIP-focused anti-Eurosceptic campaign from deep within the Brussels Bubble. When I first heard about this, my initial reaction was to worry about the backfire, that the sight of a bunch of elite Brussels Bubble types goading UKIP supporters will reinforce their EU persecution complex. Of course,… » read more

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