Mathew Lowry

My EuropCom 2015 workshop on online communities is taking shape. (Update: view all slideshows and key takeways from the session) According to the EuropCom2015 site it’ll be held after lunch on Day 1, and will cover: Convening and managing an online community is an extremely effective way of achieving communications goals, but will probably fail… » read more

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I need three speakers for a EuropCom2015 workshop to share their thoughts on convening and managing communities in the context of public communications and policymaking. The following throwaway remark on Linkedin landed me with the task of setting up a workshop at EuropCom 2015: “I’d suggest combining “Setting-up and managing online communities” and “The power… » read more

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The impact autonomous cars will have on personal mobility and cities will dwarf the disruption Uber and AirBnB have wrought on their respective industries. Joined-up European policies seem in short supply (update, April 2016 – this is now changing; see below). Autonomous vehicle technology is already well-tested and will be road-ready sooner rather than later,… » read more

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An array of sophisticated language technologies could help ideas flow across EU borders, link national conversations together and support the EU Online Public Sphere – the demos the EU needs. But BloggingPortal is unlikely to feature them. [update (17/5/15): I finally decided to kick Medium’s tyres by reposting this there, with less history. Medium’s editor… » read more

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I freely admit: I’ve been a fanboy of the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) since studying their design principles. Those principles are still good. Everything else, it turns out, was not. I was not the only information architect in Brussels dazzled a few years ago by GDS’ approach which, according to internal reports seen by… » 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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Is primetime TV advertising the right way to connect citizens to the EU? Last week I saw and commented on an interesting blog post by Iveta Kazoka exploring one of the ‘broken channels’ which are supposed to link interested citizens to EU decision-making: “The report uncovered an uncomfortable truth: few civic society organisations are capable… » read more

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Chancellor Helmut Kohl in front of the Brandenburg Gate, 25 years after the launch a process that led to the reunification of much more than Germany (@bild). The above photo is incredible. But how will it be viewed in 25 more years? Of course it’s supposed to be a celebration, and it is. But I… » read more

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