DECODE – personal data & the public good

I’ve joined the Advisory Board of DECODE, which is exploring tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal data private or share it for the public good. https://www.decodeproject.eu/ DECODE is a response to people’s concerns about a loss of control over their personal information on the internet. The ability to access,…

SDG Hackathon in Davos

I joined the judging panel at FutureHack, the first ever Hackathon to take place around Davos during the week of the World Economic Forum, as a call to action to hack for solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://futurehack.io/ Supported by the Slovenian Government, the hackathon focused on Social Impact and Partnerships to…

Data is not the new oil. Data > Oil

“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” says The Economist “Data is the new oil”, said Clive Humby and many others Some people have described why it is and that it’ll be a new currency. 2014 Wired said it was and that “data infrastructure should become a profit centre” In 2012 Forbes asked “Is…

The porous city

This is not a thought piece, it’s a call to action. We have failed to create smart cities. We have failed to create truly scalable and sustainable mechanisms to enable our cities and countries to benefit from the internet age. We are not addressing the challenges we face, from housing to healthcare, from taxation to…

Maxipok Zero – a quadrillion lives are in your hands

A quadrillion lives are in your hands. We often hear people talk of “protecting future generations”,and there is certainly a lot of value in thinking of your children and grandchildren when thinking about the future – it makes it personal. But there is an additional way of thinking about this, which carries equal moral authority…

New role at the Open Data Institute

During the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the creator of the web tweeted “This is for everyone” to millions of people around the world. Decades since their invention, we are still discovering and unlocking value from the innovations catalysed by the open web, open internet, and open source. The Open Data Institute‘s mission is to demonstrate and…

Energy Identity

[repost of my AMEE post on Energy Identity] Since AMEE’s inception in 2005, we have recognised that the emerging sets of data needed for carbon calculation and energy assessment present huge privacy issues. Combined with the automation of data capture through smart-meters, mobiles, purchases and other “digital identity” sources there is a real need to…

Cloudcast :: a next step in the evolution of broadcast

At last, I think the nature of [AV] transmission is beginning to reveal itself. Do we need a new term? Probably – many other terms (p2p, broadcast, webcast, bitcast, torrent, web2.0, hive, etc) all describe an evolutionary step, so it does make sense to have a phrase to describe this one (note that edgecasting has…

Jodrell Bank

I used to work as an Experimental Officer here… doing lots of coding, data processing, and set up their website in ’94.