On 5 January 2011, at 8.30 p.m., I was messing about at home when the phone buzzed on the sofa. It was a text from Jamie Byng, the publisher of Canongate. ‘Are you about?’ it said. ‘I have a somewhat left-field idea. It’s potentially very exciting....
Jamie BartlettA good time to share the @LRB’s extraordinary long essay about Andrew O’Hagan’s desperate & futile attempt to ghostwrite a book for Julian Assange. One of the best essays this decade.
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Jamie BartlettIt’s a huge, historic day for democracy. The biggest vote EVER - 900 million people - starts today. Anyone who cares about the health of democracy around the world should follow the Indian election.
Four Futures of Work, from the RSA Future Work Centre, argues that policy-makers should focus more on how automation will transform all work, not just lead to job losses.
Jamie BartlettRSA / YouGov recently polled 100 MPs about their attitudes toward technology & the results are surprising & a little terrifying (short thread).
Jamie BartlettMuch as I hate praising think-tanks that aren't Demos, this report on the future of work by @theRSAorg really is superb. Doesn't fall for the hype, considers how regulators & citizens will respond, good scenarios & thoughtful recommendations. Bravo!
The government's plans also include blocking offending sites from appearing in web searches.
Jamie BartlettDCMS & Home Office Online Harms White Paper is (finally) published today. I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve read it carefully. Complex issue & it’s not particularly helpful to insta-declare it’ll save the kids or destroy free speech.
Jamie Bartlett: Who’s Afraid of the World Wide Web? - The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet by James Griffiths; India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy...
Jamie BartlettI've reviewed 2 terrific books about the internet for @Lit_Review.
"The Great Firewall of China" by @jgriffiths
"India Connected" by @RaviReports
Debates about tech & society are far too Western-centric. These 2 essential books widen the debate.