What’s In My Kitbag (Early 2015)

Documentally's Kit Feb2014

The kit I carry around for my work varies over time. But on the whole, I like to carry everything that enables me to talk, train and document. Tools not toys. This next month sees me speaking at the BBC in London and MojoCon in Dublin. I'll be training  and consulting in Chicago and LA and soon after documenting in the wilds of Canada. For public speaking I need projector adapters and a Continue Reading

People are not willing to trade privacy for security

Professor Kirstie Ball at the Open University

I imagine the security agencies see PR challenges as the least of their worries. Especially after the courts ruled that GCHQ’s surveillance breached human rights laws. Recently Privacy International and Liberty made use of Edward Snowden's disclosures in a successful legal challenge. This showed that GCHQ was unlawfully obtaining data through the NSA's program PRISM. Some think the general Continue Reading

Natalie Bennett – Leader of The Green Party

Natalie Bennett

Earlier this week I found myself ranting once again at something David Cameron said. Woke up angry about @David_Cameron’s plans to outlaw secure communications. Thinking of donating a shitload of time to @TheGreenParty — Christian Payne (@Documentally) January 13, 2015 There is almost no space now between these episodes and when he threatens the fundamental workings of the the internet and Continue Reading

Keeping a Diary in a Networked World

Journals

It’s the last day of the year and I’m approaching 400,000 words for my 'personal' diary. I write every day but am conscious of a pile of notebooks, tapes and letters dating back to the 80’s.  I’d be keen to digitise them.  Or to at least make the words searchable and safe.  No idea if anyone would ever want to read them.  Or even if I’d want them to.  Some words are written for the self. Today Continue Reading

One Thousand Words on Audio

iPhone running Audioboom

Sat in my shed, headphones on. My attention flitting between writing and podcasts. I can't do both. I find it hard enough to write as it is. Listening to podcasts or even songs with lyrics while writing triggers a tipping point where I can't do either. I considered starting a mailing list this week. Just text. This blog post may have been the first one. Not for any other reason other than to Continue Reading

Interview Techniques

Me interviewing Brian Haw

I'm currently preparing slide decks for both the Milton Keynes International Festival and the Digital Wine Communicators Conference.  In both instances I've been asked if I can talk on Networked Storymaking with a focus on interview techniques. This is interesting as if I'm honest it's not something I've thought about in depth. Until now that is. I have over one and a half thousand Continue Reading

The Picnic is a Political Act

1984Symposium2013

On June the 25th 2014, it will be the seventh continual year there has been a symposium (picnic) at George Orwell’s grave.  It's also of course his birthday. Back in 2007 we sat on the grass sharing food and drink, experiences and stories. As we have done every year since. Asking questions, discussing threatened freedoms and eroded civil liberties... all things Orwellian. We once used the Continue Reading