One of the original developers of Twitter, Evan Henshaw-Plath, was recently featured in a Rebel Geeks documentary series on Al Jazeera, where he shares his current mission as a tech activist. He believes his role is to promote social justice, and “empower civil society to influence politics through the use of software.”
Using his knowledge from the world of lean start-ups, Evan talks about taking these techniques to support the technology being developed by activist groups. The main goal of his work, is to allow people to truly have secure communications. Evan says, “Programmers are like digital superheroes. Everybody else gets to use the technology, the reality in which we play – but the programmers get to reshape the rules, the physics of our digital universe.”
Watch the promo video above, or click here for more information.
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Kathryn Parsons, founder of the digital education company, Decoded, has teamed up with The Sunday Times Magazine to compile a list of the leading women in British tech. “Lists are powerful,” she says. “History is littered with lists of men. The future is being written in lines of code. I don’t want women written out of that.”
A common misconception is that there’s a skills or ability gap between women and men in tech, but quite often the only issue is a confidence gap. With women only making up 17% of Britain’s tech workforce, Kathryn is among a number of inspiring role models who are trying to change the status quo. Women are blazing a trail across the tech industry – particularly in programming and software development – and are more likely to be early adopters of new tech.
Click here to see who’s making a difference (paywall).
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Tom Chatfield, a leading writer, thinker and speaker on technology and digital culture, has released an official preview of his forthcoming publication “Live This Book!” (Penguin, August 2015).
Tom is interested in improving our experiences and relationship with the digital world. The premise of his sixth book is simple: “That it is more important than ever for us to give some undivided attention to the people we care about, [and] to the things that really matter in our lives, and to ourselves.”
Tom explains that the book offers readers uninterrupted time with themselves, something that was often taken for granted but we now struggle to keep up with the pace and demands of modern life.
Click here to read the official preview.
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Dr Tom Chatfield is a British author of six bestselling books, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He has advised many of the world’s leading technology firms, and is currently a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. The latest edition of his book “Netymology: a linguistic celebration of the digital world” was published by Quercus US on 2nd August 2016.
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Martha Lane Fox, founder of lastminute.com, has called for the creation of a new national institution to make “Britain the most digital nation on the planet”. This would be achieved by enabling people to understand, and take full advantage of, the transformative power of the Internet.
Enter “Dot Everyone” – an initiative developed by Martha that aims to establish frameworks to help navigate the online world. She argues that there are three areas that should be prioritised, and best demonstrate the opportunities available from this project: education, women and ethics.
- DOT EVERYONE has to help educate people from all backgrounds about the internet, and make sure no-one is left behind by lacking in digital skills. Those in power also need to understand how the internet can help redefine public services, improve the lives of the most vulnerable and bolster our economy.
- DOT EVERYONE must put women at the heart of the technology sector, because something that is for everyone should be built by everyone. Closing the gender gap will improve innovation, productivity and performance, and give Britain a real edge.
- Finally, we should aim for a much more ambitious global role in unpicking the complex moral and ethical issues that the internet presents.
Watch her deliver the 2015 Richard Dimbleby Lecture (above), which outlines how “we can and should be inventing the definitive public institution for our digital age.”
Click here for more information, and to sign the petition.
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Listen to Ben Horne, Chartwell’s Head of Online Content, host a Q&A session on the implications of the digital revolution with Lord Chris Holmes MBE, who famously delivered the most successful Paralympics of all time, through his role as Director of Paralympic Integration for London 2012.
This podcast episode focuses on Lord Holmes’ work with the Digital Skills Select Committee, which was appointed in 2014 to consider information and communications technology, competitiveness, and skills in the UK. With the technology sector rapidly changing, the Committee has been examining what this means for the labour market, as well as further implications of this changing digital landscape. Questions include:
- Are schools, further education institutions, businesses and other sectors ready for such developments?
- What will be the implications for the Government? Are the Government prepared for these changes?
- Where does this leave the UK in terms of global economic competitiveness? Does the UK have the infrastructure to remain at the cutting edge with these new technologies when compared to other countries?
The report is due out on February 17th 2015, and comes as a highly recommended read for people in all sectors. Listen to the interview below.
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From the high profile IPOs of Facebook and Twitter in 2012/2013 to the hyping of the ‘internet of things’, the massive impact of digital technology on global business shows no sign of abating. Tom Chatfield, author of How to Thrive in the Digital Age (2012), dropped by our office and shared his penetrating insights on how the relationship between business and consumers is set to evolve in the coming years.
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