Meeker’s Internet Trends: “Re-imagining nearly everything”

The annual presentation of internet trends by long-time influential technology analyst and commentator Mary Meeker has become a kind of a “state of the web nation”, and her latest was given this week at the D10 conference. Many people, myself includes, take her dense slide decks of stats and insights as a chance to reflect…… Continue reading Meeker’s Internet Trends: “Re-imagining nearly everything”

Wishing web

I have a playful rule of thumb: If you wish there was an app or site for something, more often than not there is… This happens so often it reminds me of the whole simultaneous invention phenomenon. Feeling in the mood for some calm music this afternoon, I thought: “wouldn’t it be great if Spotify…… Continue reading Wishing web

Online reputation management for artists – notes and slides from talk at Brighton Digital Festival

These are the notes and my presentation slides that will kick things off at this evening’s discussion evening at the Fabrica gallery in Brighton. This is the first in a series of events called Brave New World – A New Arts Landscape. is part of the Brighton Digital Festival, which continues until September 24th. Obviously,…… Continue reading Online reputation management for artists – notes and slides from talk at Brighton Digital Festival

Adam Curtis on the struggle to tell the story on (and of) the web – Notes from The Story – Pt 2

* * Update: the audio for this talk is live at the Storythings blog * * We’re not progressing through the day in chronological order, but now we have discussed the talk that was practically of use to me as a writer, let’s move on to the one which was both exciting but also so…… Continue reading Adam Curtis on the struggle to tell the story on (and of) the web – Notes from The Story – Pt 2

SuperSkills talk at TEDxBrighton

The video of my SuperSkills talk a couple of weeks ago is up on the TEDx Brighton site and YouTube now. The SuperSkills idea was one which I was airing for the first time, and am continuing to work on. The notes and links are all in the post – TEDx Brighton notes on my…… Continue reading SuperSkills talk at TEDxBrighton

Causes and contexts: Arab Twitter revolutions and the origins of the First World War

Image: A troop train in the First World War (cc) drakegoodman @avschlieffen: Is anyone srsly suggesting trains caused the biggest war of all time? WTF!?! Get over it, you trainspotters. Rail isn’t everything. @billthekaiser: LOL It wasn’t me it was the 11.24 to Gdansk that made me do it. ;) Train timetables caused the biggest…… Continue reading Causes and contexts: Arab Twitter revolutions and the origins of the First World War

Platform fixation vs. pattern recognition

(NB: I *know* – I’m late with this. What? I’ve had a break. It was Christmas…) That TIME magazine’s judging panel refused to listen to the same crowd it named person of the year in 2006 is amusing and irritating and predictable at the same time. Instead of Julian Assange, it went for Mark Zuckerberg.…… Continue reading Platform fixation vs. pattern recognition

Customers in networks: slides and notes from ChangePlayBusinesss

ChangePlayBusiness was an unusual event, to say the least, living up to its promise to be an unconference. About 40 innovators and entrepreneurs gathered at the ICA to play a game about creating businesses, the playing of which included connecting with one another (there were a lot of interesting people) and meeting subject matter experts…… Continue reading Customers in networks: slides and notes from ChangePlayBusinesss

Media in the age of networks: the decay/evolution of advertising models

The Association of Publishing Agencies first International Content Summit was a great event to attend, as a speaker and a delegate. As well as the many inspiring and useful speakers, it was the ambition and optimism of the industry there that was striking. This is the contract publishing industry, the kinds of publishers that create…… Continue reading Media in the age of networks: the decay/evolution of advertising models

Mining the where: CIA-funded start-up says 80% of online content contains location information

Last week at Local Social Summit I talked about some of the issues around location and privacy. Especially problematic is people’s inadvertent tagging of their photos with location information – something potentially of interest to crooks, stalkers and others you might not want to know everything about you. Open-source spying is a term which has…… Continue reading Mining the where: CIA-funded start-up says 80% of online content contains location information