A wiki-like crowd-driven democracy

Wikipedia works because the number of people who wish to make the articles better outweigh the number who wish to vandalise them. Democracy has a problem: disengagement. There are too many levels of abstraction between the citizen voter and the decisions being made that affect us citizens. The voter votes for... [more...]
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Back doors

"There's no back door that only lets good guys go through it" What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry, by Cory Doctorow. [more...]
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The Age of Loneliness

What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void now filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital age says plenty about our artefacts but little about society. The anthropocene,... [more...]
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Everything is sales

The most important word in the sentence "I'm starting a tech business" is business. Convincing talented people to join you is sales Securing a business bank account is sales Getting third-party providers to give you services at a decent rate is sales Getting press and PR coverage is sales Convincing your... [more...]
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Flappy Bird and the purpose of the company

Flappy Bird, the infuriatingly-difficult mobile game that went from obscurity to the number one free game on iOS, taking $50,000 per day in ad revenue, is no more:   I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.... [more...]
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Bitcoin may still succeed, but it shouldn’t

I like Bitcoin - it’s a plucky idea. Decentralised peer-to-peer currency, pseudo-anonymity and an anarchist angle: who needs the banks, right? Its success is testament to the hunger for a non-bank alternative payment system. Bitcoin’s unique masterstroke is also its fundamental flaw - the way that coins are algorithmically-derived means... [more...]
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ProductTank 2013

I'm going to be speaking at ProductTank Birmingham about Droplet, design and 'things that are good'. ProductTank Brum provides an opportunity for Product Managers or anyone who manages products (even if it's not your job title), in Birmingham and the West Midlands to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design,... [more...]
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