September 2009 Archives

Attracting and Retaining the Jobs of the Future

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Inshallah, today at the Labour party conference I will tell parliamentary candidates that whethwr or not they get elected, they will not be re-elected if most of their voters are unemployed, in low-paid dead-end jobs or in pension-slashed poverty come the election of 2015.

 

A rose-tinted European Internet Future?

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This afternoon sees the presentation of "The Digital World in 2025" to MEPs. Do read the report. It raises many issues. What it does not do is give indicators for European Action - beyond a list of the topics that need to be addressed. During one of the main consultation meetings for the report I was lucky enough to sit next to a Chinese diplomatic: excellent english and business and economic understanding. We exchanged perspectives.

Stephen Timms welcome for EURIM Dragon's Den at Brighton

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Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury as well as Minister for Digital Britain has confirmed that he hopes to be able to drop in for part of the EURIM Dragon's Den on 30th September, starting at 12.30 in Meeting Room 3 of the Hilton Hotel. Stephen has in any case sent an advance message of welcome giving his own views,

Accurate, but friendly fire from LibDem Dragons in Bournemouth

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The industry presentations at the EURIM Information Society Policy Dragon's Den at the LibDem Party Conference attracted some obvious, but seldom answered, questions from Parliamentary Candidates - beginning with: "Public Sector ICT spend is unpopular - why shouldn't that £16 billion or so a year be the first target for cuts?

 

LibDem Dragons blame ICT insularity for negative spin

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I promised speakers and dragons at the EURIM Dragon's Den in Bournemouth yesterday that I would blog my general impression and then give them the opportunity to check what I plan to say tomorrow, including how I have quoted them, when I do a more detailed account of what was said. Meanwhile, if I were a twitter, the headline above would be my tweet. 

Off to the Seaside: to see how others see the world of ICT.

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I blogged last week on plans for the EURIM Dragon's Dens at the Party Conferences. On Monday it is Bournemouth. After each Den I plan to post a note on the political priorities for action on ICT as seen by the Candidates of that party.

Faster, deeper, stronger: preparing for the cybercrime Olympics

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The Olympic Security Directorate was due to go out to consult on the cybersecurity plans over a year ago. Even before the credit crunch they had an unenviable task: reconciling bids from competing empire builders, all expecting some-one else to pay for their wet dreams. Now we face the Austerity Olympics. We have to have a genuine consultation with minds open to truly innovative thinking if they are to be fun as well as secure.  

Learning from the Dutch - ISPs to co-operate against botnets

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While we go round in circles the main Dutch ISPs have decided to join forces in tackling botnets. The Dutch have a long tradition of sticking fingers in dykes - and most of the time their solutions  work. Instead of being under water they are at the heart of some of the world's highest added value industries with some of the best broadband access - so read on .... 

From Lone Voice to Chorus - Product Placement

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It is just over a year since my blog on the DCMS consultation to outlaw product placement. I was appalled at the complacency of the UK ICT and Content industries and its lobbyists in the face of  another EU attempt to outlaw the future and drive our creative industries across the Atlantic but was a lone voice. I was therefore delighted at the new Minister's U-turn yesterday

Wise Spending needs clarity of objectives

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"Wise spending - not big spending" was how a BBC presenter summarised Lord Mandelson's comments this morning on the announcements planned this week. Commenting on the Eurim guide to current good procurement practice released today, Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury as well as Digital Britain Minster, said ...

When IT Meets politics at the Party Conferences

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Much of the UK, including public services, would grind to a halt if we lost access to the Internet for any length of time. The Digital Britain implementation plan includes an exercise later this year to assess preparedness for a major network failure. It is unclear whether Industry or Politicians fully appreciate the other consequences of our growing technology dependency.   

Sousveillance, Social Networking and Revolt - bring about the reform of public service delivery

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There is a spate of workshops and conferences this autumn on how to use IT to improve service delivery and lower cost. Most are too low level to be effective, whether to convince those who hold budgets, or to make much difference if they were. Meanwhile the widening gulf between reported performance and that perceived by recipients indicates the problems that arise from uncritical belief in "the power of information".  

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