Knowledge 1, Internet 1

Last night I was reading a post by Iain Dale, which had been cited as a “here’s the proof!” link by someone in a discussion elsewhere. The post is a bit of an “in my day” article, repeating the old chestnut that in the 1970s everyone was worried about a new ice age, and therefore […]

Comment is Fascist, but votes are representative

While researching the latest fraud woes of the UK Independence Party, I came across this article in the Times. Reporting on the alleged OLAF investigations being conducted on UKIP MEP Michael Nattrass, it has received just five comments in the nine days since it was put online. This perhaps shows the public’s level of interest […]

The decline of the Wiki volunteer

I spent a little time this afternoon at FutureGov’s Crowdsourced Council event in London. A wide range of engagement projects were demonstrated, from improved consultation methods (Consultwise – no website at the moment) to more citizen-created approaches (QuietRiots). There were lots of good projects there, but I don’t think I saw anything that passed the […] debuts

The new interactive site launches today. Dominic Campbell has a full write-up of it at PDF. It seems like the first version prioritises fundraising and campaigning (on user-defined issues), rather than discussion.

An early test for them is whether they can get a critical mass of users (there are only 250k Tory party members, probably less, and the political branding will repel as well as attract). They also need to avoid the splintering that iCan saw into a million micro-campaigns.

The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online

Well worth reading Danah Boyd’s analysis of the social and racial self-segregation being seen in US social media use, taken from a talk given at the Personal Democracy Forum earlier in the year. Snippet:

For decades, we’ve assumed that inequality in relation to technology has everything to do with “access” and that if we fix the access problem, all will be fine.

Big lies and little lies

According to the BBC,

Police are trying to find who is responsible for more than 50 racially and sexually abusive letters. Gordon Brown’s Fife constituency office received a letter in April, while others were sent to mosques, hospitals, universities and private homes. Much of the hate mail, mostly posted from Hampshire, includes references to “repatriation” and “exit Europe”.

This shows a sad lack of vision and ambition on the part of the letter writer.