UK GovCamp – Mission Accomplished?

I went to yesterday's UKGovCamp mainly to catch up with people I don't see enough and to stay in touch with what is happening in the Digital Gov world.  I don't think I was alone. The majority of people gave the impression during the introductions that they were there to Read more…

Royal Mail and the Postcode Address File – epetition response

Number Ten Downing Street wrote a response to the petition “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to release the address and postal code data held within the Royal Mail’s PAF to the public.” In short they are saying, "not our problem, talk to Postcomm".  Some feel this is a Read more…

Royal Mail stifling innovation

The Royal Mail is stifling innovation and increasing costs for this country through charging for the Postcode Address File (PAF) at monopoly prices.  Local Authorities who provide the Royal Mail with some of the raw data for the PAF in the form of details of new streets are amongst the Read more…

Virtual Worlds & Councils

There has been some conversation about what role a virtual world such as Second Life should play in a council’s engagement strategy. I’m a sceptic myself.  You need to download and install special software, you need a beefed-up computer, the controls are far from intuitive, and the sight of clothed Read more…

Listen Up

Jeremy Gould, the Whitehall Webby, has posted Part Two of his Six Approaches for Social Media Adoption in Govt. – Listening. It is a critical and oft overlooked aspect of using Social Media.  The inclination is that because the tools are so easy to set up and use, we can Read more…

Show us a better way, says UK Govt

Plain English, £20,000 prize fund for development, minimal rules, transparency.  Surely this can’t be government?  But it is. The Power of Information Task Force has launched a competition to get good ideas from the public on how best to reuse public information. Brilliant.  Well Done.  Click on the button and Read more…

Sidewalks for Democracy Online

Steven Clift has written an essay outlining his wish-list for redesigning online democracy. The central idea is: "The typical e-government experience is like walking into a barren room with a small glass window, a singular experience to the exclusion of other community members.” I agree.  You’re looking at something online Read more…

Conference Live Blogging

David Wilcox and I walked down the Embankment last summer and talked about his idea for social reporting.  This spring it has gathered some momentum and today he and Dave Briggs are at the Digital Inclusion Conference at the Brewery in London. They have created a site to provide some Read more…

“ICELE – What is it for?”

Professor Stephen Coleman is getting into his blogging. Yesterday he questioned the role of ICELE and the comments section has hotted up awaiting the arrival of someone to represent ICELE. Professor Coleman feels that ICELE has produced very little (and the little they have produced seems to be quite well Read more…

No 10 Twitters and Flickrs into life

Having recently dipped my toe into the TwitterWorld (or whatever it is called) my attention (h/t Simon Dickson) was drawn to the new Twitttering from no.10 who then today drew my attention to their new Flickr account. Personally I’m not sure about Twitter.  I think it is because it is Read more…

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