Mathew Lowry

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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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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As usual, Jay Rosen captures both the essence of blogging, and how it has changed so much over the past few years, in Blogging is doing your work in public. For me it’s slightly different – this and my other blogs are where I do my thinking in public – but I guess it amounts… » read more

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This week NHSCitizen – one of the case studies I brought to my EuroPCom 2015 workshop on online communities – holds its first NHSCitizen Assembly, where the NHS Board meets citizens to ActionPlan the participants’ top 5 priorities. Time to summarise the Hangout-On-Air I had on NHSCitizen with the Democratic Society‘s Anthony Zacharzewski. NHSCitizen is… » read more

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The number and diversity of communications skills needed to implement a communications strategy never stops growing. How are you organising them? I’ve helped organise communications operations in four different organisations – three private sector agencies in EU Comms, and one EC Comms unit. Within each, human resources are each given a label – editorial, web,… » read more

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