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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mobiles anonymous

In the first of a series of hot button mobile phone seminars run with O2, an expert audience considered children and their phones. A wide-ranging discussion, taking in playground phone envy to bullying-by-text, eventually zeroed in on anonymity is the key issue. Would requiring the registration of pay-as-you-go phones (monthly accounts are already registered, obviously) provide real bite for industry self-regulation? And could it work in practice? News that ID cards could be closer than we as...

Posted by on 02 Apr 2004
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Pop Disney

From Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom to Epcot to Celebration, the Disney Corporation has, since the 1950's, been something of the dark prince of american urbanism and architecture. While Washington was building the interstate, Annaheim was toying with monorails. While developers earned concessions to let sprawl sprawl, Michael Eisner was pioneering a meticulous small town 'new urban' pantomine. So love it or loathe it, Disney has become a kind of advance radar for archi...

Posted by on 01 Apr 2004
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DEMASEAN

In a joint declaration dated April 1 2004, Demos Director Tom Bentley today signed an historic and unprecedented cooperation agreement with twelve of the Asia Pacific region's leading policy institutes and intellectuals. The agreement will trigger a multilateral, multidirectional, network based exchange of conference anecdotes and restaurant recommendations, facilitated by a series of global 'hubs' based in Qantas lounges across South East Asia. The unique new partnership will b...

Posted by Tom Bentley on 01 Apr 2004
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A geek joke

"the number of transistors on a semi-conductor chip has doubled every 18 to 24 months, as Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted, but the productivity gains from the improvements in information technology have come at only half that speed - a rule that one might call Demi-Moore's law"- Bhaskar Chakravorti shows that you can't take the "Ha" out of Harvard Business Review

Posted by Paul Joseph on 30 Mar 2004
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Why the Feds fear nanobots

The US govt's National Nanotechnology Initiative is poo-pooing the idea of nanobots. One theory runs that they are trying to downplay GM-style eco-backlash, according to this piece in <a title=""WHY THE FEDS FEAR NANOBOTS:" Interesting article from U.S. News, though unaccountably Mark Modzelew..." href="http://www.instapundit.com/archives/014772.php">U.S. News.

Posted by on 28 Mar 2004
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Females: Blogged Off

The passing of March 25th sees what I think is the first calendar month without an entry on the blog by a female. Back in Feburary in our anniversary blogged debate about how blogging had changed us, women notably didn't participate. So, why is this blog so male dominated? Is it to do with the nature of blogs, the type of things we post or something festering in the heart of politics? I seem to recall somebody sending round a link to a website that could deduce your gender from your sent...

Posted by Charlie Tims on 26 Mar 2004
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Offshore ethics again

Protectionists in the US whipping up a a storm about offshoring are wrongly focusing on gross - not net - numbers of job loses, thus missing the crucial nature of the economic forces at work, according to The Outsourcing Bogeyman by Daniel W. Drezner in Foreign Affairs.

Posted by on 26 Mar 2004
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Offshore benefits?

Just read an interesting Article in USA Today regaling the benefits of offshoring programming jobs from the US to India and China. The author, Kevin Maney, adopts the position that "This is absolutely not a zero-sum game," arguing that that such moves benefit both those who are able to pick up these jobs, and, ultimately, those who have lost them.The issue seems to be gaining in prominence - John Edwards' relatively protectionist approach became a central plank of his President...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 25 Mar 2004
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The Mouse is Mightier than "The Man"

Using an arsenal of technical jiggery pokery and raiding a superstore of intellectual property, Danger Mouse's "The Grey Album" takes the Beatles "White Album" and Jay-Z's "The Black Album" and cuts them together to form the bootleg to end all bootlegs. For those of you not familiar with any of the above this is the musical equivalent of boiling up mustard and strawberry ice cream to make turkey roast.Unsurprisingly, as soon as EMI got wind of this they s...

Posted by Charlie Tims on 25 Mar 2004
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