Losing Ada

Remember I blogged a few weeks ago about how the Early Learning Centre is doing its bit to write women out of the world of IT? Well, yesterday it happened again. Nothing to do with wooden toy vendors this time,…

To catch a plagiarist

When you see a story of plagiarism these days it’s not so much that the act took place that surprises you, more that the person in question thought that she could get away with it – especially when it seems…

Masquerade: the original alternate reality game?

“One of my pupils lives there,” my Mum said once, as we were driving past a solitary farmhouse in the north of Scotland. She then added, quite wistfully, as Mum was secretly a massive sci-fi and fantasy geek who never…

Finding Ada? Not at the Early Learning Centre, you won't

In January this year the writer and technophile Suw Charman-Anderson launched a campaign to raise the profile of women in the technology sector. In light of the misogyny that seems to persist in certain corners of the tech world, Suw…

In my day, we just made the tea…

Is it the silly season already? Or has reality just gone on holiday for a bit (quite probably to recover from its recent mauling at the First Annual Michael Jackson Memorial Fest)? After all, how else to explain “dozens and…

The future of a radical price is, um… Torte Elvis?

Anyone tempted to make the obvious joke about Chris Anderson’s new book, ‘Free: The Future Of A Radical Price’, will have to think again it seems – damn – since not only will it be available free as an e-book…

Fake David Miliband and the future of news

Last week I got into a conversation on Twitter with @freecloud, aka Alan Patrick, co-founder of digital media consultancy Broadsight. (I don’t know Alan, but the one of the great things about Twitter is that you can end up having…

The Twitter Revolution?

When it comes to the intersection between social media and the Iranian election protests, green-tinted Twitter avatars are but a tiny side-alley (see previous post). What is truly remarkable is the huge role Twitter, YouTube videos, Facebook accounts and even…

Digital Britain Cornwall Unconference Tonight – More Thoughts

Some more thoughts ahead of the Digital Britain discussion at tonight’s Cornwall Social Media Café meetup: Our aims will be the same as the Birmingham Digital Britain Unconference taking place today – you can read them and listen to the…

Serves them right for Ikea, frankly

When search engine-friendly news copy and Twitter collide: More word-based fun If copious Twitter retweeting hasn’t collapsed their server again, the Scrabble prone amongst you might have some fun over at DeepLeap. The aim of the game is to make…

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