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[via Blackbelt Jones]This is brilliant - a visual representation of Google News. Have a play.

Posted by Paul Miller on 13 Apr 2004
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Yer What?

Gavin Esler confronts a problem I've been mulling over for a while in today's Newsnight email... afraid I don't have any simple answers.""Shows promise: but must try harder" - the rather schoolmarm-ish conclusion of a report into the government's efforts at sustainable development. Eh? Sustainable development? Hardly trips off the tongue, does it? Not likely to compete for tabloid headlines with Posh 'n' Becks or Iraq, and in fact too long to fit in the...

Posted by Paul Miller on 13 Apr 2004
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The Multiplayers and Marx

It's a story we've seen crop up occasionally over the past twenty months. Perhaps David Brooks' piece on the Sims in the New York Times magazine defines the genre. Whatever the case, immersive multiplayer online gaming is not only becoming the most popular western form of entertainment, its sprouting a new kind of economy. Real world rents are being paid by hardened players who, sweating their thumbs on virtual labours, are converting their "gaming goods" on eBay for r...

Posted by on 09 Apr 2004
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Candidate Walmart

To the officials in the California town of Inglewood, it was an unprecedented and blithe display of corporate power. When councillors rejected an application by Walmart to build a new 200,000 sq ft. supercentre, the irate mega-retailer decided to take its plan to the voters. Spending $1 million to convince the residents of Inglewood that their plan matched their interests, city and union officials were left scrambling to mount a defense, explaining to voters that the proposition would exempt ...

Posted by on 08 Apr 2004
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Moving Targets?

As an earlier post by Eddie mentioned, last week Demos and MMO2 hosted a seminar to explore the opportunites and risks that mobile phones pose to children.John Naughton gives a good account of the main issues to emerge from the conversation in his most recent Observer column

Posted by on 08 Apr 2004
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The Self-creating Society

As Tom's a bit jet-lagged I thought I'd alert the world to the essay he's got in Renewal at the moment called The Self-creating Society. Here's a taster:"The next generation of domestic politics is likely to revolve partly around a politics of public behaviour. Behind the traditional issues of macroeconomic management, public service improvement and law and order, we can now see clearly emerging a new set of political issues which have a huge and direct influence on quali...

Posted by Paul Miller on 06 Apr 2004
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Open Source Learning?

Where does plagiarism stop and open source learning begin? A report from the Joint Council for Qualifications suggests today that 'They [students] would not be able to make extensive alterations without an understanding of the subject,' arguing that re-working (albeit small) exerts of existing text can be a valuable tool in self-teaching. The process as important as the final product?

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 05 Apr 2004
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Landscape Security

Recent visits to Washington or a visit to the US embassy here in London offer an eery, but so far ad hoc view into the science of securing public streets and sensitive buildings. Oversized bollards, car-sized concrete tree planters, reinforced trash receptacles, and blast-proof benches are only a few of the options supplied by the "kit of parts", a menu of the government's post-9/11 street furniture. But rather than bunkering our cities, landscape architect Laurie Olin would lik...

Posted by on 02 Apr 2004
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The rise of network campaigning

Here's a sneak preview chapter of the Network Logic collection we'll be putting out in a couple of weeks. The full book will include pieces from Fritjof Capra, Diane Coyle and Geoff Mulgan among others on how networks affect our lives.The Rise of Network Campaigning looks at some of the characteristics of 'network campaigns' such as the Jubilee 2000 campaign for debt cancellation and asks what politics might be able to learn from the way they operate.Comments, as always, very ...

Posted by Paul Miller on 02 Apr 2004
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klogging on

Thanks to Simon at Ideas Bazaar for putting me onto 'klogs' (blogs as knowledge management tools) and this paper on corporate applications of blogs called blogging the market. George N. Dafermos argues that blogs, "take the power out of the IT department and hand it over to where knowledge really resides - to the individual workers who are knowledgeable enough and know how to speak with a human voice." A big claim, and Demos isn't a corporate with an IT department. But w...

Posted by on 02 Apr 2004
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