Category Archives: innovation

Threat to openness: managing access to public archives

In November 2015, I attended the Threats to Openness conference held at Northumbria University. The conference had a specific aim “discuss the growing threats to citizens’ rights to access public archives across the digital world.” Although we did not discuss … Continue reading

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Launching a new media company: Media Meditations

Dear Subscribers, I have decided to launch a new media company. As this seems to be the must do social media activity, I thought I would get involved. To join this group, I have created Media Meditations. It is 500 … Continue reading

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Privacy and the right to be forgotten: who owns your personal information?

Over the past year, the right to be forgotten (RTBF) has become a topic of debate and interest.  What began as an academic or theoretical issue has become a legislative proposal within the European Union.  From the perspective of the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Managing America’s renewal: educating ourselves to live within our means.

The financial crisis has shown that the economic growth over the past 20 years in the United States has been based largely, but not exclusively, on personal and corporate debt.  The debt dependency has weakened the fundamental financial systems within the … Continue reading

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Has horizon scanning failed the public sector by its inability to scan the financial crisis?

In 2008, I attended The February meeting of the FAN Club (Future Analysts Network).  This was a meeting jointly hosted by Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre and the Cabinet Office’s Strategy Unit. The meeting was there to discuss the horizon scanning … Continue reading

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The new renaissance paradigm: dream or nightmare for technological talent?

Within the social media revolution an idea has developed that we are seeing a new Renaissance.  The idea is that a New Renaissance Paradigm in which those who create content can avoid the middle man that traditionally help them to … Continue reading

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5 Reasons why Tim Cook cannot save Apple

Tim Cook has received a large amount of attention for his deft handling of the post-Steven Jobs era at Apple. He has produced excellent financial results and his approach while a contrast to Jobs, presents an important continuity for the … Continue reading

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Why people are going mobile? The web is too slow.

Just as video killed the radio star, advertisements have killed the web. People are going mobile for all the reasons why the web used to be good before the developers and advertisers got a hold of it.  Back around 2000 … Continue reading

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Two smart phone apps that need to be built now to help police and local government.

Over the weekend, I have considered two applications that are needed to help police and local planners. In the age of social media, I am not sure why these do not already exist.  The first is about accident investigations. The … Continue reading

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Monologue vs. dialogue: The myth that governments need more or better communication.

There is an on-going myth within social media circles that governments need more and better communication.  The problem is that this is not true. Governments spend a large amount of time and money communicating with the public. They have annual … Continue reading

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