Technology

Lessons learnt

9 March 2017

For the last 5 years, I’ve been at the heart of efforts to bring government into the digital age. I’ve worked with teams across departments to introduce new ways of doing things, to build new services and transform organisations. Along the way, I’ve learnt a huge amount about how to do it, and also what […]

Hacks and Hackers working together

31 January 2010

Most people will be aware of the concept of a hack day – a number of designers and/or developers getting together for a day to build “cool stuff”. These sorts of days happen on a regular basis and quite a few interesting projects have come out of them. On Friday, Charlie and I attended a […]

Communications in a Crisis

20 December 2009

Photo: lewishamdreamer (from Flickr) The past 36 hours haven’t been the best for those travelling with Eurostar. Five trains were stranded for hours in the Channel Tunnel without power, light, food, drink, heating or information. A further train became stuck near Ebbsfleet yesterday evening. The focus today is on the cause of the incident and […]

Things I meant to blog about

26 July 2009

I’m not quite sure where the past few weeks have gone, but quite clearly they’ve passed me by quickly. These are a few things I’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t had the time to write a decent entry. Normal service will resume shortly. Karoo disconnects file sharers Hull’s only internet provider – Karoo – […]

Google falls over

31 January 2009. 1 Comment

Well, I never thought i’d see the day, but Google search has completely fallen over. No matter what you search for, Google returns a message saying that “This site may harm your computer”. Google will not let you visit the page unless you manually type the web address into your browser. It is even labelling […]

It’s official… politics 2.0 is here

24 January 2009

This week it feels like a new phase in social media and the internet has begun. The beginning of the week saw America inaugurate a technology-savvy president, who, along with his team, appears to understand the importance of technology and the internet. Throughout last year, Barack Obama and his team made fantastic use of social […]

DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper! Day 7

25 November 2008

This weekend I went along to a Developer Day at Microsoft’s campus in Reading.  The community-organised day concentrated on software development using Microsoft’s .NET Framework.  However, unlike conferences such as PCD and Mix, there were no Microsoft technologists in sight.  Instead, all the speakers were from members of the .NET development community. During the day, […]

Techcrunch Web Tablet Project

22 July 2008

TechCrunch, a leading technology blog network, has announced a project to develop an open-source ‘web tablet’ capable of running Firefox and Skype.  The aim is to produce a very thin device (similar to a MacBook Air), with a touch screen interface, WiFi, half a Gigabyte of RAM, a 4Gb solid state hard drive, and possibly […]

Government plans database for all emails

20 May 2008. 2 Comments

What is the government thinking? The BBC and The Times are reporting that the Home Office are planning to put together a national database of all phone and email communications. It is another of the schemes proposed to combat terrorism and improve national security – but like all the others, it is just a disaster […]

Local Election Websites: Review

9 May 2008

This is the final part of a series of entries looking at websites operated by county councils for the 2008 local elections. Over the last few entries, I’ve looked at some of the websites used by county councils to provide details of the 2008 local elections. Some of these websites (mainly Monmouthshire County Council) were […]

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