links for 2011-01-06

  • Report (published March 2010) "for the 2020 Public Services Trust and written by a group of private and public sector IT experts, Online or In-line throws down a challenge to the political parties about their strategy for technology and information. While there seems to be an emerging consensus on the need for technology and open data, the group questions the degree to which any government will deliver.  Serious concerns about privacy and public consent for data sharing also need to be resolved, while entrenched attitudes within the public sector pose a powerful cultural barrier to transparent government. Online or In-line: The Future of Information and Communication Technology in Public Services presents a series of possible solutions to these obstacles."
  • "- connect better with the people you trust- find and achieve your goals with your mentors and close peers- create or join mentoring schemes within your workplace, community or University- share in the live knowledge stream,The Well, and find other resources and training"
    A sort of Horses Mouth clone?
  • A lack of communication can be a major barrier for grassroots non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in developing countries. FrontlineSMS is the first text messaging system created exclusively with this problem in mind."By leveraging basic tools already available to most NGOs — computers and mobile phones — FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous two-way communication on a large scale. It’s easy to implement, simple to operate, and best of all, the software is free. You just pay for the messages you send in the normal way."
  • "In an extract from his Andrew Olle lecture, the Guardian editor-in-chief sets out 15 things Twitter does effectively"
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