At the Nominet Trust/Founders Forum for Good event on Big Data last week, Sir Tim Berners-Lee's closing line was 'to pick your data battles' to move the data agenda forward (the agenda of openness, data informed practices etc). It's something that I thought we were doing well at Nominet Trust - we have a number of open/big data activities which are trying to help move this agenda forward with an understanding of how it best supports social organisations. I suppose that as it was at a Nominet Trust event that Sir Tim set out that point is an example of that. But in addition to that event we have been picking our data battles for the past 20 months.
I recently ran the world’s first magic hack (as part of my digital making magic residency see here) Bringing magicians together with technologists was no easy feat, but for a variety of factors, it went down pretty damn well. The lessons we learnt from the hack could be valuable to others seeking to put hacks together with disparate communities, especially bringing digital making to new communities. So I’ve shared the key elements that I think were crucial to success here in the hope more >
When we conceived of the NT100 our starting point was the simple recognition that around the world digital technologies are being deployed in amazing ways to solve intractable social problems: social exclusion, lack of access to healthcare, education, culture, community; disenfranchisement; abuses of human rights.
We were already aware of a pretty sizeable number of inspiring projects but also conscious that for every innovation we had come across, there were probably many more that were unknown to us. We felt that little had been done to build a truly global picture. more >
Our efforts to support more people to become digital makers focusses on an interest in their understanding how digital technologies work. But even with all the great resources available to support young digital makers, what is it that sparks an interest in digital making, and where do you go after that point?
I’m not sure if it’s Russell Brand’s recent exchange with Paxman or preparations that Nominet Trust is making for the annual Locality conference but I’ve been thinking a bit about activism – and specifically digital activism - over the last week.
Of course, activism is nothing new – people have been involved in petitions, marches, demonstrations and sit-ins for generations. But the tools have changed and we are increasingly seeing people taking action online to bring about change. more >