The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has just celebrated its 90th birthday, but it’s the reaction to that which has triggered some thoughts. Long thoughts. Ranty thoughts.Continue reading “The 9pm Narrative of Tolerance and Shame”
Appearing on LBC 97.3 London tomorrow
In what will be my first “proper” radio gig for ages, I’m joining UK conservative political commentator Iain Dale for the last hour of his evening program tomorrow on LBC 97.3, London’s Biggest Conversation.
That’s Wednesday 9pm London time, or 6am Thursday Sydney time.Continue reading “Appearing on LBC 97.3 London tomorrow”
Microsoft Politics & Technology Forum 2011 videos
I should have posted this a few days back, but the videos from the Microsoft Politics and Technology Forum 2011 in Canberra have been posted at GovTech, the Microsoft Australia Government Affairs Blog.
For some reason the audio quality on these recordings is rubbish. I’ll let you know if better versions are ever posted.
The keynote was given by leading UK political blogger Iain Dale. The other panellists were Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister; Joe Hockey MP, Shadow Treasurer; Dr Eric Clemons, Professor of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Microsoft’s Gianpaolo Carraro; and yours truly. The moderator was Mark Pesce.
You can also listen to my interview with Iain Dale, should you be so inclined.
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Weekly Wrap 52
A weekly summary of what I’ve been doing elsewhere on the internets. This week featured a trip to Canberra for the Microsoft Politics and Technology Forum.
- Patch Monday episode 90, “Real issues for cybersecurity awareness”, mostly being an interview with Paul Ducklin, Sophos’ head of technology for Asia-Pacific.
- Iain Dale on politics, Twitter, radio and authenticity, the first “real” edition of my Conversations series. As I asked in that post, should I do more like this?
- Political tweets eclipse blogs, but parties still don’t get it, for Crikey, based on my interview with Iain Dale.
- Conroy’s blueprint for a digital economy â€¦ that doesn’t need an NBN, for Crikey, being my cranky commentary on the National Digital Economy Strategy. Also published at Technology Spectator as Forget strategy, Conroy needs a reason.
- I spy 100Mbps, for Technology Spectator, in which I try to destroy the anti-NBN myth that no-one can think of any uses for 100Mbps broadband speeds.
- The Microsoft Politics & Technology Forum probably counts as one of these, but I’ll post links when there are links to link to.
- This doesn’t really count as largesse, because I was actually working on the discussion panel as the Microsoft Politics & Technology Forum, but Microsoft paid for my transport to Canberra, accommodation at the Hyatt Canberra Hotel, and a lovely dinner at Mezzalira Ristorante.
Most of my day-to-day observations are on my high-volume Twitter stream, and random photos and other observations turn up on my Posterous stream. The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.
[Photo: Bombardier Q400 aircraft at Sydney airport, the one I took to Canberra on Tuesday.]
Early flight to Canberra
A brief reminder: I’m about to head to Canberra for a couple of days. This morning I’ll be at the University of Canberra for the seminar Privacy and security in a connected world: anonymity, data loss, tracking and the social web, being organised by their new Centre for Internet Safety. And then tomorrow morning I’ll be at Parliament House for the Microsoft Politics & Technology Forum. I do have some free time in the afternoons if you want to catch up.
Iain Dale on politics, Twitter, radio and authenticity
Earlier this evening I recorded this interview with Iain Dale, who’s keynoting the Microsoft Politics & Technology Forum in Canberra on 1 June. He’s one of the UK’s leading political bloggers, a former Conservative Party politician, publisher of Total Politics magazine and host of the evening show on London’s LBC Radio — amongst other things.
I’d originally intended to use a slab of this in the Patch Monday podcast I do for ZDNet Australia, but it’s not really about technology. Our conversation did touch upon the way political parties use social media such as blogs and Twitter — or, really, why they don’t. But we also covered the attraction of broadcast radio as medium and why it’ll survive, authenticity and much more. So I decided to post the entire recording here as a podcast.
I began by asking Dale about a piece he wrote for The Guardian earlier this month, Is this really the death of political blogging? It turns out the headline is misleading.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:10 — 29.8MB)
For more on Iain Dale, read his Wikipedia entry or follow him on Twitter.
I’ve been thinking of doing a more podcasts of interviews along the lines of this one — not necessarily about politics or technology but whatever strikes my fancy. Indeed, I created the blog post category Conversations for this purpose, although so far I’ve only used it to post random audio I’ve been involved with. What do you think?