Category Archives: Information Society

Great Maps of Mediocrity

Eighteen months on from the FISP initiative ‘Digital for London’ (DfL) we have a flood of reports and commentary on the adequacy (or otherwise) of broadband connectivity and the lack of ambition apparent in the government consultation on a potential Universal Broadband Service Obligation. Specifically on the poverty of London’s broadband, Oliver O’Brien, a researcher… Read More »

Fresh Out of Excuses: dealing with sins of sub-standard design

FISP today submitted its response to the Advertising Standards Authority consultation on broadband speed claims. The ASA has come under increasing political pressure to adapt its (somewhat soft) rulings on broadband advertising.  Over the past two decades it has become increasing clear that many service designs can only be sold with a high degree of… Read More »

Digital Economy Council Convenes

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will chair the first meeting of the Digital Economy Council (DEC) today – 10th July. The Council will bring together some of the most influential voices in the tech sector to stimulate new growth and deliver new jobs in the digital economy. The Council has been… Read More »

Manifesto Myopia and Digital Promises

As electioneering resumes after a respectful pause for sombre reflection all Parties will have considered how to adapt their messages. Some will resolutely stick to promises already published.  Others will reshuffle priorities. Mid-campaign adjustments that might otherwise have been scornfully dismissed as U-Turns may now be treated with more tolerance in this second chapter.  The… Read More »

The New Oil?

In this week’s Economist (the UK-based weekly magazine) the cover illustration heralds a leader column describing Data as the new Oil. The parallel is not entirely sound – a natural resource that could eventually be exhausted is very different from new resources that are multiplying – but, suggests the author, governments should be concerned about the impotence… Read More »

Digital Platforms – the German Policy Perspective

The White Paper produced by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy makes for fascinating reading. This is the equivalent of the UK’s Treasury taking over the reigns of digital policy and recognising that digital platforms are not some subset of industrial or cultural policy. In an economy renowned for for its manufacturing… Read More »

Digital Global Britain – challenges & opportunities

Released yesterday, TechUK’s paper on the impacts of Leaving the Customs Union is driven by concerns to avoid future entanglement in ‘Red Tape’. That well-worn trade body theme (and parade of potential problems) is understandable but what stands out from the paper are some positive and forward-looking recommendations, including: A call for government to  ‘increase its participation in key… Read More »

Fighting for a Gigabit Society

The prospects and implications of Gigabit connectivity are demanding serious attention. In the European Parliament and here in the UK the gloves are off. Combatants are climbing into the ring. Referees are calling for a fair fight. The danger is that silo thinking, with far too much concentration on the health of the telecom industry… Read More »

Transformative Projects – pinpointing real needs

So many angles. So many pointers. Such good timing. It is difficult to know where to start. So we begin by offering thanks and congratulations to Public Health England and the Local Government Association.  ‘Health and wellbeing in rural areas’ is not a report destined to sit on bookshelves, ignored or forgotten. Sometimes, in the… Read More »