Very excited about this two day conference, particularly looking forward to hearing Jimmy Wales doing the keynote this mornning. Snippets of reflection from the day to follow tonight. If you want to see what's happening, go here.
Nice to see Jeremy Hunt say yesterday that the Digital Economy Act needed looking at to see if the blocking plans are actually doable. Ofcom's been charged with having a bit of a think. Filesharers should not start celebrating though, as Jeremy Hunt said it like this: "I have no problem with the principle of blocking … Continue reading Hunt does the right thing: looking at practical ways to tackle copyright infingement on web
Anyone that knows me will know that I'm not a Tory, but when Tories do good things, then even Tories deserve credit for it. So well done Dave for your Blueprint for Technology committment today and for believing that we can be an economy where growth is focussed on more than just the financial services sector. In Dave's … Continue reading Cameron wants a UK version of Silicon Valley – bring it on Dave!
Yesterday the Con-Lib government published its more detiled coalition agreement. It's pretty thin on the ground in terms of the Digital Ecomomy Act and what might happen to it. But it does have some wider stuff in it worth reporting on: - we might get a British Bill of Rights - looks like they might … Continue reading Coalition agreement – snippets for us digitial people
If you want some detailed thoughts on this, see the note which I have written wearing my work hat at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Yes, I still think it was a democratic shambles!
I have had an interesting night tonight - telly on the Parliament channel watching the Digital Economy Bill debate and doing my physio exercises. I am really not all that clear on which of the two was more painful. See my Twitter feed for some snippets along the way - a nice note of what … Continue reading Digital Embarrassment Bill – final thoughts
So I got a quote in The Telegraph today. I am really chuffed, but wonder if they know I actually read The Guardian and vote Labour? (Sorry Matt Warman!) You can see the article online here. I know plenty of people who don't secure their wifi for all sorts of legitimate reasons - they are … Continue reading To secure or not to secure, that is the wifi question
The Lords did their last hurrah on the Digital Economy Bill last night as is widely reported in the press today. As anticipated, there has not been a way to square the circle and keep everyone happy. Some valiant attempts were made, not least by Lord Erroll and Baroness Miller. What are we to make … Continue reading Digital Economy Bill shambles – start shouting now!
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/16/drm_ebooks/ This little article on The Reg got me thinking. Apparently Apple will be letting FairPlay see the light of day again to secure ebooks on the iPad. From the authors and publishers perspectives this is very comforting. Operationally DRM will be in place and contractually there will be the usual restrictive terms blocking any use of the ebook … Continue reading Real books and ebooks: a disparity in the law
I spoke at the Westminster eForum event today on regulating the future mobile environment. It was a great event attended by a really good mix of people, with a lively audience. My personal view is that self regulation is better, more nimble and more accurate than anything a legislature could impose. However, we have some … Continue reading More than talk … the future of mobile