Monthly Archives: December 2012

Looking back, moving on ….

Students in computer room, c1990s - LSE library

This is what computers looked like when I was a University student …

I’ll be moving to the US in a few days to begin my fellowship at the University of Washington.

Preparing for my departure has provided me with an opportunity to look back at how the European Union’s use of digital media has evolved over the last couple of years.  One of the things I came across when tidying up my office was the open letter that the European Commission’s internet editors and webmasters sent to President Barroso in January 2010.  (Thanks to my friend and colleague Dick Nieuwenhuis for keeping our open letter for posterity on his blog!)

Re-reading the letter now, it strikes me that the points we made three years ago are still just as relevant today.

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Digital media help EU share Nobel Peace Prize


EU leaders were in Oslo this week to collect the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.  Digital media allowed the Prize to be shared in ways that would not have been possible if the EU had won the award 20 or even 10 years ago.

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Digital media and active citizenship: the Matosinhos story

Helder Gonçalves, Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos

Helder Gonçalves, Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos

Matosinhos is a medium-sized city in the north of Portugal, with a population of some 170,000.  But this is a town that punches above its weight when it comes to digital media, earning Matosinhos several national and international awards.

Much of the credit for these achievements is due to Helder Gonçalves, who coordinates the Municipality’s digital presence virtually single-handed.  The Matosinhos story can serve as inspiration for other towns who are wondering what results can be achieved with a relatively modest investment of resources in digital media.

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