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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 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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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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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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