Tag Archives: NESTA

February #2

Infographic: gender, language
He Said / She Said – words that men and women use in blogs more than the other gender
Infographic: Regionalism in action – BIS investment intensity over time

Press standards & libel: Culture Media & Sport select cttee report in full download PDF
Libel Reform campaign petition

Mapping, OpenStreetMap
Post by Steve Coast, who started OSM
OpenStreetMap – The Best Map

Mapping, Ordnance Survey consultation
A plain English introduction from Simply Understand
Ordnance Survey: the options for Change- or not?
Mapping, Transport For London
Bus route maps using Google maps

NESTA report: Mass localism

Policymakers increasingly recognise that many of the solutions to major social challenges – from tackling climate change to improving public health – need to be much more local. Local solutions are frequently very effective, as they reflect the needs of specific communities and engage citizens in taking action. And they are often cost-effective, since they provide a conduit for the resources of citizens, charities or social enterprises to complement those of the state. Given the growing pressure on government finances, these are important benefits.
But localism presents a dilemma. Government has traditionally found it difficult to support genuine local solutions while achieving national impact and scale.

Pew Report: Net will enhance intelligence, not make us stupid.
The Future of the Internet 1V

Open Data
Rewired State events in March

Boing Boing: School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

Beyond blogging
Joss Winn’s presentation to the dev8D conference


August #2


Annual University of Hertfordshire survey on music consumption. Two views:

Trade body UK Music, who fund the survey “Music consumption in 14-24 year olds is complex, latest survey reveals” UK Music

Torrentfreak “14-24 year olds pirate 8,000 music tracks each” Torrentfreak


Digital Britain

Programme for the delivery of actions in the DB White Paper published tiny.cc

BIS Consultation on the proposed changes to Ofcom’s duties tinyurl.com


Higher Education

Joss Winn: Comparing ‘The Edgeless University’ and ‘HE in a Web 2.0 World’ reports  bit.ly

Peer to peer university launches. Deadline to sign up is the 26th – www.p2pu.org


Creative Commons

Publications now available from Google Books. Coming to a reading list near you.

Lessig, Doctorow, Boyle and Zittrain ping.fm



Superb mapping service for OS maps in the UK – wtp2.appspot.com



Unlocking Audio 2009 conference programme, videos and papers now online: is.gd metadata, archive & social  media



Lost Remote: Neighborhood blogs drive participation in city planning bit.ly 



Discover the top 100 open innovation organisations across the globe, compiled by NESTA blogs.nesta.org.uk


Facebook takeover of Friendfeed

Scoble, your blog still loves you – www.scripting.com Dave Winer on FriendFeed et al.

Scoble is excited scobleizer.com

Friendfeed users in the research community less so. Cameron Neylon: The trouble with business models (Facebook buys Friendfeed) friendfeed.com


URL shortening

The shortening service tr.im, from Nambu network, was suspended and reinstated:  blog.tr.im

It’s a problem. For example, shortened urls on this blog will stop working if the service is withdrawn. What to do? John Gruber wrote his own url shortner. There are couple of WordPress plugins which offer shortening. But as Dave Winer points out, Twitter could easily extend the character limit to 140 characters excluding the url, or make shortened urls portable scripting.com



Concerned about privacy? Considering opting out? The Onion reports  bit.ly


July #2

NESTA Reboot Britain hightlights

Paul Hodgkin of Patient Opinion’s NESTA essay: How the new economics of voice will change the NHS bit.ly

Howard Rheingold: 21st century literacies 40 min vid blip.tv JD Lasica’s 6 min vid interview : bit.ly


Digital Britain

Stephen Carter: on OFCOM, Cameron, quangos bit.ly


Universities, future of

Stephen Downes has all the links about Demos Edgeless University report bit.ly


News microformat

AP, Media Standards Trust propose news microformat bit.ly


Regional News

Write To Reply consultation on future of regional news: read the document, comment and vote bit.ly

Birmingham Post to cease daily publication? is.gd


Talk About Local

Birmingham news feed pipe features at Hyperlocal labs talkaboutlocal.org


News of the World phone hack allegations

Out-law: Police may have had a duty to notify phone-hacking victims, says privacy expert www.out-law.com

Nick Davies: News of the World phone hacking www.guardian.co.uk

Reboot Britain project

via Journalism blogs

“Details are emerging from NESTA of Reboot Britain, a project to “take a top-to-bottom look at the challenges we face as a country and the new possibilities that – uniquely – this generation has to overcome them”. Rohan Gunatillake writes:
As summer approaches the UK is in the midst of an unprecedented economic and political crisis.
The cumulative impact of a near-collapse of the financial system, the ongoing recession, the MPs’ expenses scandal and the prospect of years of cuts in public expenditure are creating an alarming climate of public anger, pessimism and mistrust in public institutions.
But instead of more pessimism, can we really look at how we can punch through the gloom? And in particular, how can we take advantage of the radically networked digital world we now live in to help revive our economy, rebuild our democratic structures and improve public services?
Reboot Britain is a major new project, which will take a top-to-bottom look at the challenges we face as a country and the new possibilities that – uniquely – this generation has to overcome them.
The project will be launched in June with the online publication of Reboot Britain – 10 viewpoints compiled by a series of distinguished contributors and edited by the economist and writer, Diane Coyle.
This will be followed by an event, designed in collaboration with partners and participants.
It appears we are due for a full report from Lord Carter on Digital Britain at around that time … with more bottom-up input from reports of the DB Unconferences, where you’ll find other useful links.”

Links to 18th May


Limewire – thoughts on their prospects based on a recent interview jeremy1.wordpress.com


Tipping point: Cambridge University Press rescue www.guardian.co.uk and Scribd store www.nytimes.com

O’Reilly: Scribd opens storefront for ebooks radar.oreilly.com

Espresso on-demand book printer. With video bookshop.blackwell.co.uk

Internet and Society

CCTV schemes in city and town centres have little effect on crime, says report www.guardian.co.uk

How to get what we all want: Zittrain on civic technology www.cato-unbound.org

The Future of the Internet by Jonathan Zittrain is available in a commentpress edition yupnet.org


Literature re-told in the Little Book of Twitter bookfutures.blogspot.com Ulysses: overtweeting

What the hashtag: user-editable encyclopedia for hashtags found on Twitter  wthashtag.com

Copyright and education

Internet Archive Requests Copyright Indemnity  Open Education News openeducationnews.org

More about the Derrida case: ‘Argentina Copyright Case Brings Access To Education Into The Spotlight’ www.thelicensingplate.com

US: Testimony on the DMCA Film Clip Compilation Exemption digital-scholarship.org

Open Innovation, Creative Commons, OpenAccess

YouTube – Peter Suber on the Future of Open Access  www.youtube.com

John Wilbanks’ presentation at  NESTA: Open Innovation, Creative Commons – scienceblogs.com

Digital Britain #digitalbritain

UK’s games industry demands action to stop brain drain www.guardian.co.uk

Overcome obstacles to more free wifi in british cafes wperrin.blogspot.com

Why UK shouldn’t invest in upgrades to broadband infrastructure joannejacobs.net

The engineer’s view: ex BT CTO on DIY broadband aggregation networks.silicon.com

James Boyle @ RSA

James Boyle’s lecture on The Public Domain at the Royal Society for Arts last night was a hugely enjoyable call for a campaign to defend the public domain. Bill Thompson, BBC technology correspondent, chaired.

The RSA streams live audio of lectures and took questions via Twitter.

You will be able to watch, listen  and subscribe to podcasts from this page


Link for his previous talk on Creative Commons from NESTA. Starts with a video clip about Creative Commons and eloquently makes the case for copyright holders to consider Creative Commons licences.

James Boyle NESTA presentation

Digital Britain: watch and listen

The Digital Britain report is open to comment until 12th March.

On 24th February NESTA hosted a conference on delivering Digital Britain. Many of the key players were present. Video and audio is now available.

It is an extraordinary opportunity to see the development of public policy enacted. Watch and listen.

NESTA delivering Digital Britain

I’ve seen Carter’s speech called ‘defensive’. Well, maybe. His central point though, is developing government policy: it is a report of government, not to government. Henceforth we will refer to ‘the Digital Britain report’, not ‘the Carter report’.

He summarises the report as covering three main areas: infrastructure, content and legal protection. Two further issues are the delivery of public services and a universal public service obligation for broadband. The widely criticised 2MB recommendation refers to a minimum standard for accessing public services, not a base level speed for internet access.

Throughout he is making the case for public intervention. A public policy framework is necessary for investment.

When he talks about content he is talking about television programming. The tactical / strategic distinction is about preserving some existing providers. Channel 4 is mentioned.

On legal protection (filesharing, DRM)  he says they have their ‘least formed ideas’ and are seeking engagement from other people.

Neil Berkett (Virgin Media) and Peter Bazalgette, (of Big Brother, Endemol fame) both ably represent their commercial interests. Bazalgette  repeats his view, heard in the recent BBC programme  Media Revolution (previous post) that tracking users’ viewing habits is a great opportunity for broadcasters and that legislation on product placement is a restrictive burden which should be removed. For overseas viewers: ‘knock heads together’ is just an expression.

Carter quotes a piece by Philip Stevens in the FT, in part to draw attention to an omission: the importance of public policy in developing next-generation infrastructure.

“On two things, everyone should be able to agree; first, the completion of the switchover to digital broadcasting in 2012 and the rapid advent of high-speed broadband transmission will overturn completely what remains of a broadcasting ecosystem created midway through the past century; second, high-quality news, current affairs, regional programming and home-grown drama and comedy will continue to demand substantial public subsidy.”

Financial Times

The rest is about what Stevens sees as the increasing monopoly power of the BBC.

Mark Thompson (BBC) wasn’t at NESTA.

Some context: as TV advertising revenues plummet due to recession and competition from the web, everyone in broadcasting wants a slice of the licence fee.

If it helps to visualise the different interests as personalities, try this

Public Service broadcasting in pictures

NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts ‘a unique and independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.’