A couple of weeks in the UsVsTh3m hot seat

I’ve had an absolute blast holding the fort as temporary editor of UsVsTh3m over the last couple of weeks. For a couple of weeks I’ve been sitting in for Rob Manuel in the editor’s chair at UsVsTh3m, and I have…

I’ve been at EuroIA in Edinburgh, taking notes at a furious pace as usual. Here is what I made of Joe Sokohl’s rather wistful talk about place and loss. “The digital place you love is gone” “The space belongs to…

Life’s not just about monarchs and men: Why I want women on our banknotes.

I think there should be women on our banknotes. It is one of those things that annoys me because it appears to be needlessly institutionally sexist. It is simply obtuse to look at the level of protest and decide not…

Operating a spoof Twitter account during BBC Question Time gave me a glimpse of the level of misogyny that women in politics face on social media every day. I’ve dubbed tonight “the #vennfestfinale”—the final time I will be live tweeting…

“The who, what and why of UsVsTh3m” – Martin Belam at Hacks/Hackers London

On Tuesday evening I spoke at Hacks/Hackers London about one of the projects I’ve been working on for the last couple of months — UsVsTh3m. An experiment UsVsTh3m has been funded by Trinity Mirror. It is part of a series…

“The beginning, the middle and the end” was an event organised by Matt Locke’s Storythings agency, looking at the narrative of digital products. Nigel Smith was talking about the sometimes painful experience of closing the BBC Archer’s Messageboard, a topic…

Last week I went to News On The Move II, an afternoon event organised by Press Gazette and hosted by Google. Here are my notes from a panel session entitled “How to make journalism work on tablet computers”, and I…

And so it came to pass that after many hours and umpteen blog posts, I’d published all of my notes from Confab. And I’ve left one of the best until last. Erin Kissane gave a fantastic talk about using numbers…

On the demise of Google Reader

The news of Google Reader’s demise has been widely greeted with dismay amongst the people who used it. It feels like an unpicking of one of the threads of the web. A few months ago I wrote about “The demise…

The closure of the BBC’s Archers message aboard was the subject of discussion on the Radio 4 Feeback programme this week. But a new hope for the community may have sprung from an unlikely source… A comment on one of…