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United States politics: so right and so wrong

The political geek in me is always so impressed by elections in the United States. Look no further than the combination of marketing and psychological insight used in voter targeting, the glitz of the speeches and roadshows, or the graphic design and imagery of the campaign websites. But beyond that […]

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Celebrity and Twitter

What is Twitter? Is it a network between (for want of a better word) ‘ordinary’ people like me? Or is it a spotlight into the lives of the rich and famous, with Twitter the means for these people to transmit their messages? If you read mainstream media coverage of the […]

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If I get 50MBit/sec ethernet, then do I need choice?

I’m moving later this month to Copenhagen, and I will be living in a 1930s block of flats in Vesterbro. The house is run by a housing cooperative (andelsbolig), and all flats in the block are provided with 50MBit/sec download, 20MBit/sec upload internet connections – for each flat separately, not […]

Technology, UK Politics

Buying tweets in UK politics

There was an interesting debate on Twitter yesterday between @PaulLewis and @RowennaDavis about the latter being paid £75 to tweet about the Sky News show Murnaghan. It turns out that for more than a year non-Sky journalists have been paid £75 to tweet for the two hours the show is […]

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The case for a pro account for Twitter users

Adrian Short has written an excellent and widely-tweeted piece entitled What Makes Twitter Twitter? that looks at the future of the social network. The crucial line in the piece is “Twitter used to be where people talked. Now it’s where money talks.” – very true. But Twitter likewise needs to […]

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Liquid Democracy at NetrootsUK

I made an ‘Ignite’ timed 5 minute presentation yesterday at Netroots UK about Liquid Democracy and the German Pirate Party, and what UK political parties can learn from them. My slides are below, and the recording of the live stream is below that. Press play on the live stream and […]