The Cookie crumbles

So to give you an idea of how the “digital lot” currently think the “government¬†lot” handle new technology laws, please read the article at the bottom and enjoy the infographic on the “Cookie law mess”. Please download and enjoy ūüôā

Cookie law infographic
Cookie law infographic

But it’s no use just complaining about these things, people would like some¬†guidance.¬†So what’s an actionable solution please.

We need a platform that allows,

An OPEN conversation about new technology laws in which lots of people can come together and discuss it, then add date milestones to reach a consensus by.

It’s as simple as a blog post with comments, it’s as simple as a twitter-up, it’s as simple as a Dialog app. Next time however ICO, please do at LEAST the bare minimum.

Our big vision

HS2 rail link, a new idea for some when it arrived on the front page news this week. However, not for others, who look to benefit from the new connections… in about 13 years.

It’s a missed opportunity for our UK government that often some things appear like this from them that seem like half thought-out plans when I’m sure they’re not…. right? I mean who would order a ‘high-speed’ rail service that barely cuts commuting times? Why has it been approved if its benefits aren’t that clear?

What would be great from now on is to negate that appearance of half baked ideas. Maybe a site that offers a even a glimpse of transparency from the government’s big Vision ideas. An accessible and publicised ‘Vision’ site. Somewhere all those huge and mini ideas are displayed clearly and with a few simple pros and cons. Allowing people to see and mostly, share the vision link with their comments and thoughts around their social networks. Posing difficult questions, alternate thoughts and clever solutions.


The government could capture the conversation, use it and respond where necessary early. I know full well that we won’t please everybody, however, at least their input counted and the go-ahead is less of a surprise.

Saving jobs at HMV and Blockbuster

If we were to skip back 10 years, make a little change. Do as Estonia has been doing (see the attached link) and teach our kids coding, would it be possible HMV and Blockbuster films may survived the competition?

If more of their staff / leadership had learnt to code, they’d have seen what was possible to set themselves up as a more digitally-fronted business.

Jobs wouldn’t have been lost just because they couldn’t compete on a digital front with their rivals, they’d have been made to fight it.

The Government is developing its own iTunes

It’s becoming more and more¬†apparent, Government everywhere is about to start seeing an iTunes effect…

It’s going to be the digital revolution for government next

First out, the music industry had the start of its digital revolution with disruptive technologies and we’re starting to see the tail end of now with HMV closing down. Then it was the film industry’s turn, and iTunes started disrupting their thunder ages ago and old¬†leviathans¬†like¬†Blockbuster film¬†have gone into administration.

But next, it’s going to other less¬†seemingly¬†lucrative industries starting to see disruption. Thought Den believe cultural institutions are on the horizon next, just as the money catches up. It’s being led with with projects like Capture the Museum and Magic Tate Ball.

However, before more money makes it onto the scene at your local art-house, something which affects our daily lives constantly is going to become the most important, the Government. It’s taking peoples’ money, not always performing how we imagine it to ¬†and for digital natives, it’s not quite digitally’ enough..

Polling is on one day every 5 years and you¬†actually¬†have to “go there”, you can’t download your local MP’s manifesto in pdf format, it’s impossible to properly see what / who you’re voting for and you frequently have no idea of what they’re up to.

By the time the next election comes around, unless the Government starts pushing some more changes, it’ll be less legitimate than an x-factor final and about as transparent as a duck.

So, who are the people leading the Government digital race now?

Building the next generation of #UK makers

The Nesta bid for Digital Makers is an odd one and shines a 10000Gailla-watt lamp on a huge white elephant in the UK education system.

That’s teaching kids how to be an office bum, not a creative creator of cool shit.

A good reason why Thought Den is around today is the “shorter / better-looking / more blind” half, myself, once went into a PGCE (Teacher training) introduction day for IT teachers in 2005. At the school in Cirencester where they showed you “what it’d be like”, it became apparent that the teachers had to be concerned with teaching kids how to use Excel… Excel… You know, Excel. That’s teaching kids how to be an office bum, not a creative creator of cool shit.

Don’t get me wrong, Excel has its place, but not for kids or young people who have creativity bursting from their pores. Kids that want to make things, kids that if they know the shit they could make with code, systems and the web, they would be bursting with excitement. They should be learning the side of “IT” that is more craft council makey makey than accountancy 101. They need to be solving problems with the Arduino and making bannan controllers with the Makey Makey.

They need to be solving problems with the Arduino and making bannan controllers with the Makey Makey.

After that miserable day at the school in 2005 and seeing the best the UK National Curriculum had to offer was a bland and antiquated view of technology, I didn’t sign up for the PGCE course. Hence, carried on coding, freelanced, made my first million… lines of code and Thought Den was born with mister Ben 10.

However, the dreary 486 micro powering Excel spreadsheets approach hasn’t changed in schools. Instead of having some sort of tweak or mass change in the National Cirruclum which would see kids learning to become as O’rielly says, “King Makers” or PMStudio Digital Artists. Even ripping off Estonia’s example, it’s falling at the grass roots community to scream for change and start the action themselves.

it’s falling at the grass roots community to scream for change and start the action themselves

Hurrah for things like Code Club, CodeJo and now, Nesta’s Digital makers brief for lighting a way that Curriculum writes should be following; Shame on you National Curriculum for moving at a huge white elephant’s pace.

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