May 052014

This is a quick post to let readers of this blog know that there will be an Open Rights Group Scotland discussion day with Charlie Stross, Jim Killock and others, in Edinburgh during the afternoon of Saturday 10th May 2014 (next Saturday). Unfortunately I don’t think I will be able to make it along on Saturday but I thought others here may still be interested in booking a spot, and I would love to know how the event goes and how the discussions develop. 

The event is part of a fundraising and awareness-raising campaign for a new role and strand of Open Rights Group (ORG) activity in Scotland, in recognition of devolved digital rights issues here, and the differences between the Scottish and the English and Welsh legal systems.

For those not already familiar with ORG‘s work, the group campaign on digital rights issues and advocate for openness in digital contexts which brings in open source and open data but is more strongly concerned with digital democracy and digital rights. For this reason there are some particularly interesting connections between the likely topics of discussion at this upcoming event and some of the recommendations in the Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry Final Report surrounding digital rights and responsibilities.

More information and links to book a (free) place at the event can be found on MeetUp. And any comments/feedback on the event would be more than welcome in the comments section below. 

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Dec 042013
Screen Capture of the Digital Participation Inquiry Website

Today sees the publication and launch of the Interim Report from the Royal Society of Edinburgh Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry.

I have been delighted to be a member of this Inquiry Committee as we have spent the last year or so investigating existing research and speaking to people across Scotland about their own experiences, concerns and ideas. And I wanted to make sure the report was shared here as I hope you will help us get word out about it.

We are really keen to ensure that the Interim Report is read and responded to by many new voices, particularly those who we have yet to engage with. We are keen to hear your honest and informed feedback, comments, and suggestions as we reflect upon the Interim Report and make changes and improvements before a final report is launched in Spring 2014.

The best way to get in touch with your feedback is to email the Royal Society of Edinburgh ( but I will also be happy to pass on any comments left on this post or sent directly to me.

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