Mathew Lowry

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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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What happened when 60 odd people had a go at the Participation mindmap? The Europecom session went well yesterday, judging by the Tweets. I’d never even been to an event run on World Café lines, so thank goodness the others knew what they were doing. In the end the mindmap – which started out as… » read more

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All hail the Pirates

How nice to see a positive answer to the perennial question: “Where are the MEPs?”. [update 7/1/13: see post by @osimod: Making EU consultation accessible: the example of www.copywrongs.eu] In the left corner, the European Commission launches Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules, where stakeholders are asked to download a 36-page… » read more

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The answer to this post’s title may be so obvious that you wonder why it needs writing, but Jon Worth’s idea to get a Blogging Day for greater European Parliament transparency together got me thinking beyond the knee-jerk reaction. One of the tenets of transparency is full disclosure, so this is where I point out… » read more

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In September last year I wondered whether 2010 would be the year when someone poisoned the well for the use of social media by the EU (here and here). In the last few weeks I’ve been mentally preparing an update post, as it didn’t really look like it was going to happen. So is the… » read more

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Last week MEP Martin Kastler (EPP-CSU) launched the first European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI). Is this a slow-motion train wreck, or the dawn of a new era of democracy? Two things immediately caught my eye when I checked out “Mum and dad belong to us on Sunday” (via @Kosmopolit via @andrewjburgess. Update: Kosmopolito blogged on this… » read more

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The story of the Mr Bean “hack” of the Spanish Presidency website got me thinking. Not the story itself, which is just an amusing diversion. But Joe Litobarski’s excellent analysis led me to compare the way the story was covered by the mainstream media and by bloggers such as himself and Julien Frisch, who first… » read more

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Astroturfing the Berlaymont

One of the topics I’ve been developing on this blog for quite some time came up at last week’s get-together organised by the Belgian IABC chapter: the need (or not) for social media guidelines for EU staff. I actually think such guidelines are needed not just for EU staff, but for everyone serious about using… » read more

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