Audio Experience Design

Dr Lorenzo Picinali, Senior Lecturer in Audio Experience Design at Imperial College London, visited GOV.UK to talk about his work. He works on acoustic virtual and augmented reality. He’s recently worked on 3D binaural sound rendering, spatial hearing, interactive applications for visually impaired people, hearing aids technologies, audio and haptic interaction. Vision contains much more […]

Open standards- a cross government technical architecture workshop

My notes from a cross-government Technical Architecture community workshop on 29 July, hosted at Government Digital Service. Open Standards are publicly-available agreements on how technology will work to solve a particular problem, or meet a particular need. The Open Data Institute has a useful definition of standards, open standards and open data. Open Standards are […]

Kate Manne: Down Girl – Summary

Patriarchy is supported by misogyny and sexism Misogyny is a system of hostile forces that polices and enforces patriarchal order. Sexism: “the branch of patriarchal ideology that justifies and rationalises a patriarchal social order”Belief in men’s superiority and dominance. Misogyny: “the system that polices and enforces [patriarchy’s] governing norms and expectations”Anxiety and desire to maintain […]

What’s new in the new Service Standard

The Government Digital Service recently launched a new version of the Service Standard. What’s changed? It’s now called the Service Standard, not the Digital Service Standard. This reflects the desire to create end-to-end services. This is better than creating digital services, and then (if you’re lucky) considering assisted digital as an afterthought. People are encouraged […]

Innovation in Transport – TfL Access all Areas

Notes from a panel discussion I attended at an event on accessible transport, hosted by TfL. I attended because I wanted to learn about TfL’s strategic approach to innovation and accessibility. Individual introductions Mike Brown, Commissioner, TfL The high-level vision for accessibility on London’s transport: Everyone needs to be able to travel across the capital […]

The value of opening up government data

I presented at the British Library’s event “Open and Engaged” as part of Open Access week on 22 October 2018, on the value of opening up government data. Here are the slides, which I’ve adapted into the following post, with a post-script of additions generously suggested by the ever-excellent Steve Messer. Why has government opened […]

Tom Loosemore on Digital Government at the Science and Technology Committee, 27 November 2018

Tom Loosemore was interviewed by the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee on 27 November 2018. Tom was Deputy Director at the Government Digital Service 2011-15. He has a good reputation and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I found him an articulate, expert and passionate advocate of doing digital properly. I pulled […]

Assisted Digital – what it is and how to do it well

What is Assisted Digital? There will always be people who won’t or can’t use digital services: Access Confidence Skill level Language Literacy When government started creating new online transactions, digital services were created, with offline ‘Assisted Digital’ support, so that in theory no-one was left behind and unable to access services. Why did I want […]