Digging digital government: recent major works and what they mean

Major works by Whitehall webbies in the past six weeks have repeatedly got top billing on No 10′s legendary grid, and even made front page news. This feels very different from even a year ago, when web teams had to work hard just to get their voices heard on the importance of the web for [...]


Found/interesting: 17 May to 2 June

Look what I found interesting. Crisis Communications for the Social Media Age – Also works as a guide to rebuttal 2.0 Swine Flu 2.0 : A Case For How Managing Social Media is a Matter of National Security – …and here’s a real-life case study from Ross Ferguson et al’s trans-Atlantic cousins Twitter’s hype is [...]


Found/interesting: 11 April to 16 May

A near-random selection of stuff I’ve found interesting lately. Us Now : watch the film -like it says. I Can Haz Writin Skillz? – Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview. – HFACTDEWARIUCSMNUWKIASLAMB. WordPress in UK government: an informal audit – and very soon, blogs on the BERR intranet too. 5 Very Weird URL Shorteners -variety [...]


It just goes to show you can’t be too careful!

I sort of agree with David Mitchell’s hilarious take on government seeking online feedback (hat tip: Kerry McCarthy) – at least where that feedback is sought on public services or ‘election issues’ like tax, transport and Clarkson. The low barrier to entry when commenting online does mean you get more than your fair share of [...]


Grumpy old media

She wasn’t the first, and she certainly won’t be the last, but Rachel Sylvester’s Twitter-bashing editorial in today’s Times is surely the absolute worst thus far of the recent old media knee-jerk reactions to the use of Twitter by government and politicians. Not only is her microblogophobia out of step with her own paper, which [...]