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Ecocide

4th June 2016

It’s almost as if “Destroying the Earth should be viewed as a crime.” The UN and Interpol report that environmental crime is a growing threat to security and natural resources,  is now the world’s fourth largest illicit enterprise after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking and has outstripped the illegal trade in small arms. More: […]

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Updated archives

8th May 2014

Well, it’s been a while since I posted here (Twitter still winning), but here’s a long overdue synopsis of some of the things my first startup, Tornado, created. I’ll be adding to this from time-to-time as I get in touch with some of the old team.

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W3 conf logo, meet AMEE logo

22nd February 2013

Nice to see the similarity in thinking here (2008 AMEE logo vs 2013 W3 conf logo)  

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Maxipok Zero – a quadrillion lives are in your hands

15th February 2013

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 […]

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The Guardian as damn-you-autocorrect?

2nd February 2013

I know it can be hard sometimes to grasp and translate ideas in a single-shot, over the phone, but this Guardian  “article” recounting their interview with me reads like it has been /auto-corrected/speech-to-text’d/ by an Engrish bot. Given it’s written in the first-person, I felt more than a little irritated by this. So, in an […]

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AMEE at Strata – talk slides

2nd October 2012

My slides from O’Reilly’s Strata conference “Making Data Work” today. I described some of AMEE’s journey: through open data aggregation and distribution, accessibility, provenance,  and structure. But better data isn’t enough – no one (well, a few) really cares about the science or the technology. We need to engage with stakeholders to provide meaningful insight […]

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New role at the Open Data Institute

11th September 2012

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 […]

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Energy Identity

19th July 2012

[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 […]

Occupy & Climate Change: Hansen, Buffet, Chomsky

1st May 2012

Two pieces really struck me today. I think we can expect to see this form of direct action increasing. The issues (control of resource, environmental sustainability, and social sustainability) are intrinsically linked, but the shift that appears to be happening is of awareness, urgency, and engagement in direct action. Chomsky’s piece in the Guardian is […]

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Binary Dust …

10th December 2010

Well, it’s taken a little while to pull together, but Binary Dust is now live. Hope you enjoy.

RIP Dr David Fleming

5th December 2010

A tragic and untimely loss. David is still a huge inspiration, his thinking, consideration and actions have touched so many people. I am glad we had the opportunity to share ideas, conversation, and a beer. Cheers to you David, and thank you. For those who didn’t know him, I strongly recommend reading and distributing his […]

Energy transformation is in the hands of the many

19th October 2010

Hermann Scheer (1944-2010): German Lawmaker, Leading Advocate for Solar Energy and “Hero for the Green Century” in One of His Final Interviews [emphasis mine] “HERMANN SCHEER: The big mistake in the energy debate is that most people think, because they believe that there is a monopoly and the expertise for all energy activities in the […]

Streaming the smart grid

1st October 2010

While mixing up a number of metaphots here, I’m thinking that RTSP and multicast would be very good mechanisms to support smart grid/smart meter infrastructure. – Lossy is “ok” – p2p/IPv6/multicast can support the back-channel from a load-balancing, network monitoring and bi-directional messaging standpoint (mashing up with MQTT) for broadcast controls, for localised network optimisation […]

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Periodicity

3rd July 2010

Building on this two things: 1) add the cyclic patterns for every form of centralisation->decentralisation technology | politics | finance | energy | cosmology | art | religion | etc… 2) look to see if there’s a damping factor Are we dealing with periodicity that has diminishing amplitude? ie. thinking in a political/government sense: do […]

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Data is not binary

2nd July 2010

Science, data, internet, ontology, work and non-work themes converging – my post on O’Reilly Radar, reposted below Why open data requires credibility and transparency. by Gavin Starks | June 30, 2010 Guest blogger Gavin Starks is founder and CEO of AMEE, a neutral aggregation platform designed to measure and track all the energy data in […]

Obsfuscation as a method of closed data

17th June 2010

Things wrong with Companies House Crown Copyright data disclosure (which allows free copying) Get the DVD rom of the data – SIGH £30 for a copy of the data – PARTIAL WIN (it’s accessible) £1200 if you want to actually save the data – FAIL Crown Copyright Data is in a closed format –  FAIL […]

A Climate of Polarisation

28th January 2009

(copy of my post on the O’Reilly Radar) We’re all aware of the emotive language used to polarize the climate change debate. There are, however, deeper patterns which are repeated across science as it interfaces with politics and media. These patterns have always bothered me, but they’ve never been as “important” as now. We are […]

Fundamental UK science under threat

4th July 2008

The Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK has managed to create a terrible situation which could destroy fundamental research across the country. This would have a devastating impact on not just the lives of people who have dedicated themselves to their fields, and not just to the UK’s reputation, but would be a […]

“Broadcast Assassins” @ BBC

8th March 2004

Invited speaker – “Broadcast Assassins” an internal BBC workshop for key managers Quite nice to be invited to, albiet by this time most people should have “got it”. Of course, walked straight into the room and met John Ousby…. should’ve known. (apparently I have two brains: “a word of thanks to … Gavin Starks, a man […]

In response to…. BBC Charter

4th March 2004

In response to [published in the proceedings from] Westminster Media Forum “BBC 2016 Charter Renewal” meeting 2004-02-25 at Millbank Tower. Inverting the Model Working at the junction between the macrocosms of broadcasting (TV and Radio) and the internet (everything) is always stimulating. You always have to assume that you know nothing about either. Both have […]

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