What’s the big idea?

Originally published on spiked. What is it about politicians and the internet? Many are keen to explore the possibilities of using the net to interact with voters. Even UK prime minister Tony Blair is toying with the idea of using a weblog (a kind of online journal) for the next general election. But more often […]

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Dean and not heard

Originally published on spiked. The Democratic Party contest to find a challenger to George W Bush for the November US presidential elections is well under way. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry stormed ahead of his rivals this week, winning Delaware, Missouri, Arizona, North Dakota and New Mexico in the ‘Super Seven Tuesday’ caucuses and primaries, held […]

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‘Ethnography’ exposed

Originally published on spiked. The saying goes: ‘In order to understand a man, first you must walk a mile in his shoes.’ This Christmas, Boots CEO Richard Baker has been doing just that, by turning himself into a shelf-stacker. According to Charlie Dawson of The Foundation, a ‘customer driven management consultancy’, the key is to […]

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What iCan can’t do

Originally published on spiked. UK home secretary David Blunkett has suggested setting up ‘community advocates’ to deal with unaccountable policing (1). Apparently the police want the public’s ideas, support and sympathy. If you’re not interested in tackling crime, what about chewing gum stuck on the pavement, or litter in your local area? Thanks to a […]

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Dark-sky thinking

Originally published on spiked. ‘What is the future of creativity?’, asked the prestigiously titled World Creative Forum in London recently (1). The inaugural gathering in the hi-tech offices of Bloomberg brought together an international list of designers, artists, businessmen and scientists to debate the impact of creativity on society and business. This was a pertinent […]

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Blog-standard politics

Originally published on spiked. For 24 hours last weekend, British Labour MP Tom Watson invited web users to suggest ideas for government policy. Billed as a ’24-hour blogathon’, Watson used his blog – an online journal – to kickstart debates on the issues that ‘matter most to us’ (or to those who can be bothered […]

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‘A mob for no reason’

Originally published on spiked. A new craze has taken off among technology geeks. Keen to demonstrate how information technology (IT) can bring people together, some individuals are causing spontaneous gatherings to occur in the strangest of places, for the strangest of reasons. On 17 June, a self-styled ‘mob’ of two-hundred people gathered around a large […]

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Computing communities

Originally published on spiked. A new report published by the Work Foundation, You Don’t Know Me But…: Social Capital and Social Software, argues that information technology can improve social cohesion. The report’s author, William Davies, hopes that new, technology-based tools can assist in rebuilding people’s social relationships – with other individuals, with institutions and with governments. […]

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