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CiviCRM Bootcamp

2018-06-20 Rob Watson 0

A few weeks ago I went to the CiviCRM Bootcamp in London, which was an opportunity for me to find out more about the use and development of the CiviCRM system. CiviCRM is an open source Contact Relationship Managment application that has been built by a community of contributors and supporters. CiviCRM is web-based software […]

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DIY-DMU Podcast 016 ART-AI Festival

2018-05-02 Rob Watson 0

This week’s DIY-DMU Podcast was recorded at the Highcross Centre in Leicester, where young people were learning about the ART-AI Festival, and how Artificial Intelligence can be used creatively and artistically. John Coster and I chatted with Proffessor Tracy Harwood, from De Montfort University’s Institute of Creative Technology, and with some of her colleagues who […]

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Democratic Media Institutions

2018-05-02 Rob Watson 0

BBC Media Action is the charitable arm of the BBC that seeks to support communication development in developing nations around the world. James Deane is the Director of Policy and Research, and in his latest blog he asks if we need to rethink how we build media organsations and institutions that support democratic accountability around […]

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Trusting Community Reporting?

2018-05-01 Rob Watson 0

John Naughton writing in The Guardian makes a very powerful point about the need for trusted sources of information in developing communities. With the use of Facebook as a tool for promoting fake news, which has led to violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, Naughton suggests that: We have woken up to Facebook’s pernicious role […]

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Technology Addiction is a Real Problem

2018-03-15 Rob Watson 0

As more evidence is emerging that our use of technology has negative effects on our mental well being, we might have to start thinking about how we can address some of the patterns of behavior and expectations about the way that we use social media and tech devices. Belinda Parmar, who was once a tech-advocate […]

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Social Media Influencers and Advertising

2018-03-15 Rob Watson 0

It’s often thought that anything goes when it comes to social media, and that we are free to do and say pretty much whatever we want because there is no control. Obviously, this is an unfounded assumption. When we post material online we are subject to the same laws and standards as any other form […]