Mathew Lowry

An analysis of participation rates in the Obama Administration’s Open Government initiative provide a refreshing reality check for us in Europe. One would think, based on some of my posts, that I was a starry-eyed idealist when it comes to the potential of online communications to improve understanding and participation in the EU by Europeans.… » read more

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Following rapid and significant expansion into new markets and sectors of governance and policy, innovative union of nation states (“European Union”, or EU) seeks an experienced: Online Community Manager to gain buy-in at all levels throughout our 27 Members, as well as with external stakeholders on a global level. Principal Duties You will be responsible… » read more

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The inventor of the Web is now advising the UK government on public information delivery. Interestingly, this was positioned within “a statement on constitutional reform” – an apt indication of the impact which information delivery, when done properly, can have on governance. According to the Cabinet Office (11 June): Sir Tim Berners-Lee … will head… » read more

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Attack of the trolls

Apparently celebrities – who’ve been driving the buzz around Twitter – are starting to get turned off by the real (i.e., sad) people they are meeting there. What a surprise. From Techcrunch’s coverage of the latest rant against Twitter by some rockstar Twitter-lover-turned-hater: First of all, Twitter is quickly getting overrun by spammers. That’s probably… » read more

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I stumbled upon a short video on the BBC of Tim Berners-Lee trying to explain the importance of the data web, aka semantic web, again. He himself says that he can’t say where it will lead us, as it is paradigm changing. True – but I can think of a few applications that anyone interested… » read more

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When preparing a recent presentation, I went back to my experience with launching Blogactiv to explain what it was like rebutting people who had taken a passionate hatred to me without actually knowing me (and why I bothered). For the hell of it, I followed some of the old links to the off-site conversations, and… » read more

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This is just irresistible for anyone, like me, who used to be a Serious Science Journalist before being sucked into the web: Thanks to John Caswell for tweeting me onto this. Yes, I admit it, despite earlier scepticism stretching back to 2007, I am increasingly using twitter, simply as a way of checking out interesting… » read more

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