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String, post-its and dancing bots: Mozilla Festival 2016

Yet another Mozilla Festival has come to an end.  This year I presented for the first time, delivering a session on network evaluation methodology.  The lead analyst for Mozilla’s Leadership Network, Arliss Collins, co-presented with me on Mozilla’s approach to network evaluation.  Before the session we both agreed that as it was a methodology session … Continue reading

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Nesta’s Future Festival

Nesta recently held the two-day FutureFest covering innovation in a range of areas like work, play, and love.  With talks and roundtables interspersed with interactive, immersive experiences, there was certainly plenty to stimulate the curious mind. There were several sessions on the future of education.  Most of these were slotted into the ‘Work’ theme of … Continue reading

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What’s so Bad about the Internet? Reflections from the OII Connected Life Conference & the EU Referendum

Naturally the EU referendum came up for discussion during the Oxford Internet Institute’s recent Connected Life conference, but as an afterthought and an aside.  I believe everyone present was nearly certain that Britain would vote to retain the status quo, and as subsequent reaction in the media demonstrated we were in good company.  Even those … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: The Rest is Just Syntax

Last week I was invited to observe a women in technology celebration day for young teenagers who are starting to look at the kinds of higher educational paths they want to pursue.  The highlight of the day for me was meeting Genevieve Smith-Nunes, an educator who uses arts to convey computer science concepts–and computer science … Continue reading