Last week (April 2010) the prime minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg was trapped in New York - and was pictured running the country from his ipad - http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20002699-17.html
The terms of debate are changing…
The economy is changing…
The gaps between the haves and have-notes are changing…
The infrastructure we need to sustain our way of life is changing…
The creative industries and world of entertainment are changing… NB - 20,000 people emailed their protests to MPs at the second reading of the Digital Economy bill, April 2010
Our news media are changing…
The demands on education are changing…
The risks are changing…
Where we are now is just a point in time… technology and the uses of technology are outstripping our ability to manage them
30 March - digital presentation of the Local Spending Report. ‘ The new digital presentation of the Local Spending Report transfers reams and reams of inaccessible data previously locked in spreadsheets into web based formats that local people can readily interrogate and scrutinise. This includes information on funding for police, fire, health and local authorities.’ ( http://www.communities. gov . uk /news/ localgovernment /1525327 ) Anyone can go to http://www. localspending .communities. gov . uk / , click on a map and scrutinise public spending in that area.
31 March - Some Ordnance Survey data has been made available to the public free of charge. ‘Members of the public, entrepreneurs and social organisations will now be able to access certain Ordnance Survey data and use it for applications such 'Fix My Street' or crime mapping - practical systems focused on driving improvements locally. These changes aim to drive new markets and unlock new potential for jobs in existing and new technologies.’ ( http://www.communities. gov . uk /news/ planningandbuilding /1529657
This quote is from Australia - see also http://www.nextgenerationaccess.com/SHSB/SHSB/pubserv.html
Notspots and slowspots in the Bradford area - blue indicates <2MBPS broadband, red indicates no broadband
I think in your Digital Region slide it would be worth mentioning that UK average download speed is about 4mb (compared with DR 25mb); also that the project makes South Yorkshire the first region in the UK to have superfast broadband.
Transcript of "Digital futures - why they matter"
Digital futures: the context
‘ The Internet is more like a city than anything else. In cities there are slums, there are palaces of wisdom, libraries, museums, art galleries, theatres, places of entertainment and shops. And there are places where you would not want to go down dark alleys, let alone have your children do so, but slowly we let our children learn to use the cities and they do.’ Stephen Fry
Global, social, ubiquitous and cheap According to Clay Shirky, these are the characteristics of successful new media technologies…
In the first eight months, developers produced 25,000 applications for the iPhone Ten months later, the current total is at least 100,000 iPhone apps. In the last nine years, 20,000 Windows Mobile applications have been developed.
Your phone can be a spirit level… an ocarina… a recipe book…
Or you can just govern a nation… Photo: Statsministerens kontor/Flickr
<ul><li>Tough penalties for illegal filesharing, a city council banning staff from using Twitter… are we turning into the three wise monkeys? </li></ul>‘ Creative and digital’ - which comes first? Photo: Leo Reynolds/Flickr
‘ Investing in areas such as broadband access for every home and business and the move from analogue to digital technology will bring benefits across the board, driving growth, enabling businesses to thrive, and providing new opportunities and choices for households right across the country. It is an essential part of building Britain’s future.’ Gordon Brown , June 2009
Three obstacles to digital inclusion: availability, affordability, capability The response: a national plan for digital participation - and a champion for digital inclusion
Improving the digital communications infrastructure • Better mobile coverage • Universal broadband access by 2012 • Digital radio by 2015
Creative industries in a digital age <ul><li>• Emphasis on intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>• New approach to illegal filesharing - stronger penalties for persistent offenders </li></ul>Photo: PracticalOwl/Flickr
Public service content • New partnership between BBC Worldwide and C4 • Pilots of ‘independently funded news consortia’ Photo: Fred Smiff/Flickr
Research, education and skills • £120m Digital Economy Programme - research & training • Three new ‘research hubs’ with £12m each • Technology Strategy Board to put £30m into innovation • Estelle Morris Review of ICT user skills - recommends a ‘basic digital life skills entitlement scheme’
Digital security and safety • Addressing vulnerability to technological failure or attack • Emphasis on improving government procurement and management
Where we are now <ul><li>- Digital Economy Bill received hasty second reading on 6 April, followed by third reading the next day </li></ul><ul><li>controversy over intellectual property protection </li></ul><ul><li>new duties for Ofcom to promote investment </li></ul><ul><li>new licensing framework for radio </li></ul><ul><li>new system of classifying video games </li></ul>
Recent developments <ul><li>• Digital public services </li></ul><ul><li>• Social media </li></ul><ul><li>• ‘ Next generation’ broadband </li></ul>Photo: Ed Yourdon//Flickr
Free access to OS data <ul><li>Anyone can use (some) Ordnance Survey mapping to create and support ideas and applications. </li></ul>
Even the government is getting in on the act….
Information and influence: the rise of social media <ul><li>‘ the power of individuals to spread messages is now significant enough that no company or government can ignore it. This is happening here and now, and there is nothing we can do to change it’ </li></ul><ul><li>Local by Social report, NESTA/I&DeA </li></ul>
Information and influence: the rise of social media <ul><li>• untold millions of blogs - from politics to hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>• more than 400m ‘active users’ of Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>• 75m people have Twitter accounts (though most don’t use them) </li></ul><ul><li>• Twitter has turned into an effective means of real-time reporting - or spreading rumours </li></ul>
Next Generation Access ‘the foundation for an entirely new way of life’ <ul><li>Unlimited broadband services </li></ul><ul><li>Available bandwidth irrespective of the distance between the subscriber and the network access point </li></ul><ul><li>Massive implications for public services </li></ul>
What about Yorkshire? <ul><li>• Yorkshire Forward working since 2002 to provide specialist managed workspace </li></ul><ul><li>Digital community in Yorkshire contributes £1.2bn to the economy </li></ul><ul><li>• 19.9% increase in employment in creative & digital industries between 1998 and 2006 - 17,000 extra jobs </li></ul><ul><li>• 14,000 SMEs and 20,000 freelancers/self-employed across the region in this sector </li></ul>
Key projects supported by Yorkshire Forward <ul><li>Melt - content development project, leading to C4 partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Design Works - highlighting business benefits of good design </li></ul><ul><li>Business collaboration networks to support businesses in new media, music and design </li></ul>
The Digital Region project • £90m project to lay fibre optic cable across South Yorkshire capable of 25MB+ speeds ( UK average download speed is 4MB) • It makes South Yorkshire the first UK region to have superfast broadband • will serve 1.3m people in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham - 546,000 homes and 40,000 businesses • Wholly owned by Yorkshire Forward and local authorities - funded by ERDF • First homes online in May 2010, starting in Doncaster
Find out more <ul><li>Digital Britain: http://interactive. bis . gov . uk / digitalbritain / </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Yorkshire: http://www. digitalyorkshire .org. uk / </li></ul><ul><li>The Digital Region project: http://www. digitalregion .co. uk / </li></ul><ul><li>And for application developers: http://innovate.direct. gov . uk / </li></ul>
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