Mathew Lowry

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You’d have to have the patience of Job to follow this blog. Posts come out achingly slowly, hitting the virtual desktop with a deafening thud. Too few, too long. Time to change. I launched this blog when I left Blogactiv and have since principally used it to explore one subject: the development of the European… » read more

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I’ve already moaned, several times, about the difficulty in explaining what the semantic web is, let alone what it offers EU affairs. Now, via @jangles via Lee Hopkins (from my home town, Adelaide, Australia), a terrific video by Kate Ray: [kml_flashembed movie=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11529540″ width=”454″ height=”330″ wmode=”transparent” /] I hit pause at about 3 minutes in to… » read more

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This is the first edition of what I hope will be a series of annual Review Posts, published as part of the My Europe blogging carnival, looking back at the ideas I’ve explored in this blog over the past 12 months. The main reason for doing this review was to test whether these ideas, which… » read more

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Around a year ago I was browsing Jeremiah Omyang’s idea that one day the relationship between PR companies, consumers and brands would flip over, with PR Agencies representing communities, rather than brands. He takes this idea a long way into territory which he himself says seems far-fetched, with consumer groups banding together to pay PR… » read more

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I’m on record for thinking that European Citizens Initiatives (ECIs) could backfire, or, as Simon Blackley put it recently: “the words ‘shoot’ and ‘foot’ spring to mind” My reasoning a couple of months ago was that people would be set up to be disappointed by organisers of badly conceived ECIs, who would blame the EU… » read more

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A while back I and a number of others were blogging about how a very light, bottom-up usage of Web2-style tools and techniques (bloggingportal, delicious, tagging, google alerts, etc.) could help build links between national and EU online discussions and develop the slowly emerging European public space. The importance of this was brought home to… » read more

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