The need for speed

Martha Lane FoxX-Factor’s Stacey Solomon isn’t the most obvious person you’d expect to appear at a conference promoting the importance of digital inclusion. However as Martha Lane Fox explained at this year’s National Digital Inclusion conference (ND11), the logic of the choice was that she is currently focusing on encouraging existing partners to work together “in a creative way to do surprising things”. Read more on The need for speed…

From Kraftwerk to craft work – it’s more fun to compute

At last week’s Guardian Activate summit, the UK’s Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox outlined her reasons for attempting to get 100% of the UK population online by the time of the London Olympics. Lane Fox used a number of examples from her recent travels round Britain to explain why her current crusade is so important for the UK – and in particular for some of the most excluded sections of the population.

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BP search strategy spills over

What do you do when you’re rapidly becoming the most reviled company in the world and are the focus for intense international criticism for your response to an enormous ecological disaster?

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Please try again

As David Cameron stepped inside No 10 last night, the Labour Party website was unable to accept new members – and instead posted a message stating: “A record number of people are trying to join the Labour Party, please try again in five minutes.”

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The tomorrow people

With the price of education rising by the minute, it’s tempting to think of today’s university students as disgruntled nihilists preparing to face a bleak future of crippling debt and unemployability.

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2010 Watch: To pay or not to pay?

As we continue to search for resolution in the free versus paid for debate, an unlikely meeting of minds has united Rupert Murdoch and DJ Shadow.

 

Much of the talk throughout 2009 centred around the thorny issue of how media owners could get paid for the content they supply to us web users. The discussion of course ramped up towards the end of the year when Rupert Murdoch began to suggest that he would introduce pay walls to protect the content distributed by the various arms of his media empire.

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Bullet in the head

So, Rage Against the Machine beat Joe McElderry to become the UK’s Christmas number one. There’s been enough column inches wasted already discussing the implications of this somewhat odd development so I won’t be adding my tuppence worth (read this though if you want to read something genuinely interesting about what the whole debacle might mean).

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iPhone – so should you

In Saturday’s Guardian, Alan Rusbridger listed the 10 ways in which his life has changed since the last century. It was no great surprise that Google took the top spot. Neither was it a massive surprise that Wikipedia came second – although there is evidence to suggest that this online super power is on the wane. Twitter coming in third place raised a few more eyebrows while Rusbridger was forced to admit that putting Comment Is Free in fourth position was “a plug for the home team”. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the list though was the iPhone coming in a paltry 6th position.

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A race online for 2012

The government’s Digital Inclusion Champion, Martha Lane Fox, made a strong case about the importance of inclusion at yesterday’s Digital Engagement conference.

 

Explaining that she was drawn to her job (which carries with it what she called “an insane title”) because it offered an “irresistible challenge”, Lane Fox argued that there are two main reasons why we should care about the large portion of society who are socially and economically excluded from the digital world.

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Wikipedia or Wakipedia?

WikipediaOver the last few weeks there’s been a range of articles arguing that Wikipedia may be on the way out.

 

Excellent pieces in the New Scientist and The Guardian have highlighted research carried out by Ed Chi at the Palo Alto Research Center in California which warns that Wikipedia has become less welcoming to new contributors. This has led to a severe drop in the number of articles created – the website peaked in 2006 with 60,000 new articles per month, and since then this figure has declined by about a third.

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