Edward Snowden makes a rare virtual appearance at SXSW 2014

Continuing the theme of security in the Internet age at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas, an even more timely discussion session involved former CIA computer specialist Edward Snowden. It was one of the highlights of the whole event. Like Julian Assange, whose session I recently reported on, Snowden is on the run from US government […]

Julian Assange talks about the global information order at SXSW 2014

Almost everyone has heard of Julian Assange now, even if not many of them went to see the recent film about his life starring the increasingly ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch. So it’s no surprise there was a huge audience for Assange’s appearance in the first of a series of talks on security in the Internet age […]

VIRCOMM 2014 and the Science of Community

The 2014 instalment of the VIRCOMM conference was the first to be organised by up-and-coming community management consultancy FeverBee, founded by the energetic Richard Millington. The theme this year was the science of community management, rather than providing a more general view of the state of play in the area, as found in previous years, […]

TeenTech Triumph

The Mozilla Festival, which we have hosted at Ravensbourne for the last three years, is a great place to have serendipitous meetings. This year I was lucky enough to encounter the incredible Maggie Philbin, most well known for her work presenting the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop TV programmes. Currently, however, she is […]

Don’t mention Doctor Who…

On Friday 15th November, Ravensbourne hosted a milestone in online video distribution. A Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Richard II starring the increasingly ubiquitous David Tennant was streamed to more than 30,000 schoolchildren around the UK, with some in Australia, the US and elsewhere in the world as well. The Richard II performance had been […]

Singapreneurs, anyone?

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be invited to Singapore to present a series of guest lectures at Nanyang Technological University‘s (NTU) school of Arts, Design and Media (ADM). This department of NTU is rather similar in focus to Ravensbourne, where I run the BA (Hons) Web Media course. Although ADM is a […]

Tennant’s Extra

One of my proudest moments of 2012 was the project I worked on with the Royal Shakespeare Company based around Tim Crouch’s play I, Cinna. A few months ago, the Royal Shakespeare Company contacted me again to help run a similar event, only this time even bigger. The new project will be taking place on […]