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GENERAL INTRO: Welcome to visionOntv's BREAKING TECH, here at the Open Tech conference in London

12.00 Dr Jenny Rohn - Chair (session Main Hall 10.45-11.40) 0 - 35,000 in six weeks: Science is Vital Campaign Jenny, Shane and Richard

The story of how one blog post led to the mass mobilisation of scientists before the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010. by Dr Jenny Rohn, Chair - ScienceIsVital; Dr Richard P. Grant, Secretary; Shane McCracken, Treasurer. 07984217748

Has their lobbying had any effect?

(Is there a point to this outside of lobbying - has it built the community of scientisits?)

12.15 Chris Atkins (10.45-11.40 Main Hall) @scatatkins Sure

So long and thanks for all the truth... Fear and loathing in the modern media. Chris Atkins

For 2 years chris atkins has waged a losing battle against the media establishment. He sold fake celebrity stories to all the tabloids, secretly filmed red top hacks trying to buy medical records and caught Max Clifford on undercover camera boasting about his clients. The media machine trundles on as before, but at least Chris has got some great anecdotes as well as obscene legal bills.

Start with the anecdotes.

Should we be surprised?

Is the current baseness of the mainstream media world nothing new and a permanent state, or is it a worsening situation caused by desperation because their industry is dying?

12.30 Jim Killock (10.45-11.40 Upper Hall) - 07894498127

What are your current campaigns? and then quiz

Are you ever tempted to say digital information just wants to be free - all you corporations trying to stop copying by law should just change your antiquated business model?

12.45 Gervase Markham - Mozilla

Sounds great :-) I'm rather interested in some of the talks starting at 5pm. Slots I'd prefer to do an interview in are: the 3.30pm break, lunchtime, and 11:40 - 12:30, in that order.


Mozilla - more than just Firefox

The mission of the Mozilla Foundation is not "build a kick-ass browser", it is to "promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet". Building Firefox is an important part of that, and it's how we saw off the first big threat to the open web, but it's only a part. Come and hear about what else we are doing to make sure the web is still open, participatory and generative in 50 years time, and how you can support us in doing it.

Saving the internet is a subject close to our hearts! How can mozilla help?

1.00 Greg Hadfield (10.45 - 11.40) - Open Data Cities: Brighton ideally will bring the others from his session

Open Data Cities: Brighton Greg Hadfield

By 2050, 70 per cent of the world's population will live in cities - networked cities in a networked world. Open-data cities can get a headstart on the journey into the future. But can Brighton and Hove, Manchester, and Lichfield rival San Francisco, New York, and Washington? Should UK cities have CIOs, as US cities have? And what is an open-data city anyway?

INTRO: One of the big themes of today's conference is open data. I'm with Greg Hadfield from Open Data Brighton. Greg, why should we care?

Why for one city only?

How is it different to the parliamentary lobbying of Open Rights Group?

Everyone can be an expert - starting from the local, opening up the data at the bottom - making a philosophy grassroots...

1.15 Adriana Lukas: (5.00-6.00) Hi there,

Just responding to your earlier tweet:!/visionOntv/statuses/70976157113253888

... the sooner in the day, the better...

I am coming from the direction of Quantified Self or Personal Informatics. I run the London QS meetup group where we came up with the term Self-hacking. It captures the motivation and purpose behind personal data collection and analysis. Hence the title of the panel - Self-hacking...

So if that's what you want to know about, I am your man (or a woman). :)

Adriana Introduction to Self-hacking - The Quantified Self Adriana Lukas

We will talk about different aspects of personal tracking and how this information can be used.

Tell us in a nutshell what self-hacking is. Is it related to life-streaming?

Re: the show on Saturday - sounds interesting. What would you want me to talk about? Any other details?


Nick Smith, Founder | | | +44 (0)7841 752 460 | @GetEmotio Nick Smith

An application for rating emotions complete with a vision of a markup language/schema for emotions.... :)

Tell us briefly what it is.

Does it get beyond the binary "hot or not" of facebook "like"?

1.45 Ada Lovelace Day

Suw Charman-Anderson

A look at the international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. @Suw @visionOntv sure, be happy to! Just nab me when you see me (though I do have to leave early :( )

Tell us about Ada Lovelace. (I hadn't heard of her, but beyond Alan Turing I'm lost!)

Why are there so few women geeks today?

Would be good to get Paula in for this too.... she's coming!

2.00 Police State UK: open source citizen journalism Helen Lambert & Denny

Police State UK is a news and opinion website covering UK civil liberties (politics, policing, and the sometimes worrying relationship between them). The website runs on an open source content management system called YAWNS, written in Perl and running on Linux and Apache. We have an open content policy, encouraging readers to contribute articles. Although most of the content is written by us, we have had some excellent contributions from others ? including articles from serving politicians and practising lawyers. We also run a successful Twitter account - probably more successful than the website itself in fact, with over 4,000 followers and counting; it's been growing faster ever since the Tories got in power. Recent events have seen us publishing a lot of articles on the right to protest, but we've also covered subjects such as ID cards, DNA retention, RIPA, CCTV and more ? our areas of interest are broad, and we're particularly interested in how many of these issues seem to come back to similar attitudes on the part of the state. We report what's happening in Parliament, on the streets, and in posh Westminster policy seminars. We're still not sure how we got on that invite list.

What are your current campaigns?

Were the "pre-crime" arrests before the Royal wedding a upscaling of repression in the UK?

Is twitter more important for you than the website/blog?

2.45 @paulmakepeace Maybe! What'd it entail? (time not confirmed yet)

Google Refine Paul Makepeace

Refine is a powerful, fun, fast tool for exploring, visualising, and 'cleaning' datasets. Data rarely comes in the form we want it in: inconsistencies, formatting errors, corrupted accents, schema mismatches, ... Refine can help interactively discover patterns and sift out and transform your dataset, without scripting or programming. I'll cover core concepts: faceted browsing and clustering, as well as touch on the GR Expression Language, and reconciliation.

INTRO: I'm talking to Paul makepeace from google refine. Imagine all the data you need is open and avilable, but it's all in different formats and you cant make sense of it.....

So you're throwing the software at the data for an automated response. What's the role of the manual process?

3.00 harry_wood Studio show at #opentechuk ? Sounds like fun. Count me in. What time? I'm presenting ( @OSMLondon ) at 1:30

OpenStreetMap - internationally Harry Wood is the wikipedia of maps, a project to create free and open maps of the world. This is is not a corporate endeavour. It's a somewhat disorganised rabble of thousands of volunteers collaborating to build something great and give it away to the world for free. The project started here in London and is still largely being served from cupboard in UCL. With a shoestring budget OpenStreetMap is turning the traditional geodata industry on its head, but open data is mainly about empowering a new wave of web developers and hackers. It's time to get behind OpenStreetMap and be proud of it. This talk will run through some of the open data motivations but with a map licensing slant. It will cover the comparative offerings of google maps and ordnance survey. You'll see how the editing software works, and how people like you can easily edit the map. We'll take a quick look at some technical details of map tile rendering stacks, the main OpenStreetMap API, and other services which developers can make use of in and around OpenStreetMap.

I'm here with harry Wood from Open street Maps. Open Street Maps is described as the "wikipedia of maps".Why do we need it? What's the problem with google maps?

How far has it gone?

@makerhood @visionOntv hi - for sure, will be in touch tomorrow. thanks!

Makerhood - Brixton Kristina Glushkova

Makerhood is a project to promote local makers and create a website enabling people to buy things made in their neighbourhoods. We are currently working on a Drupal-based pilot in Brixton, funded by a grant from Unltd. We are taking an open approach to building the platform and working with the local community throughout, from the idea to implementation. The talk will go through the idea, the approach we have taken and the role of community engagement. It will reflect on the opportunities and trade-offs in balancing the community and trading aspects on an online marketplace that is grounded in physical local interactions.

Community engagement with open source projects is one fo the great themes of this conference. i'm here with Kristina Glushkova from Makerhood, which is a project running in Brixton, south of the river here in London. How are you going about that?

Is there a problem with using drupal that ordinary people can't get under the bonnet?

3.30 Bill Thompson: @billt sure... just find me!

Building Digital Culture for Free: Can the Hacker Ethic and Comons-Based Peer Production make a better world? - Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson

Pekka Himanen published the Hacker Ethic in 2001 and gave free software developers a manifesto and a creed to live by. Bill Thompson will consider how effective free and open source have been in building digital culture, and ask whether we're more like Gutenberg or Genghis Khan in our effect on the world.

Quote his summary at him: how effective has free and open source been in building digital culture. you ask whether, in our effect on the world, we're more like Gutenberg or Genghis Khan? What do you mean?

3.45 An introduction to Open Source Hardware Paul Downey

An introduction to Open Source Hardware illustrated using a series of existing Open Source Hardware projects, from small physical projects, alarm clocks, 3D-printers, Arduinos through to cars and laptops. What are the motivations for starting a project? What is the best way to collaborate, accept contributions? How can you license your works for others to use?

4.15 @NaomiMc @visionOntv Yep, no problem. Any specific time?

Amnesty International digital activism in the global South: challenges and opportunities Naomi McAuliffe (1.30 - 2.30)

Amnesty International is growing its presence and campaigning in the global south and is looking to deploy innovative digital techniques to connect to activists in developing countries. This presents many opportunities and challenges and this talk will be asking the audience to help with the solutions. How do we verify crowd-sourced information on human rights abuses? How can we ensure information collected digitally can be viewed and used by people on the ground? What tools do activists on the ground need to utilise the digital tools available? This talk will also include examples of digital activism from our corporate accountability campaign.

Do eg indigenous groups in Central Africa need the latest mobile phone technology? Have they been asked?

4.30 @CountCulture Sure. Will be at #opentechuk all day

Chris Taggart Developer behind @OpenlyLocal, making local public data open and accessible, and co-founder of @OpenCorporates: The Open Database Of The Corporate World

Yes happy to.

Rufus (11.40-12.30)

Co-Founder, Open Knowledge Foundation Promoting Open Knowledge in a Digital Age -

Introducing Open Spending: "Where Does My Money Go?" Goes Global Rufus Pollock

The "Where Does My Money Go?" project helps UK taxpayers to better understand the public purse. It uses a range of interactive tools to enable users to explore and visually represent complex datasets. Internationally it is widely cited as a shining example of the reuse of open government data. Building on this, Open Spending aims to take the project global, developing both a platform and a a flexible range of open source tools to represent spending data from around the world. We're exploring, structuring and mapping out different kinds of public finance from all around the world - state budgets, spending reports, grants and subsidy data. Our goal is to create an interactive platform similar to OpenStreetMap: while on OSM you map your block, on OpenSpending it's your local government spend.

One of big themes of today is open data. How can ordinary citizens makes sense of all this data out there?

5.15 Empowering the next generation of FLOSS developers Garry Bulmer

Based on University intake, the numbers of school children coming into software development is dwindling. I propose the Free/Libre/Open Source community should reach out to schools, and work with school children to develop their skills so that they are enthusiastic and technically capable of becoming involved in Free/Libre/Open Source Software and Hardware (FLOSS/H) development. Let's aim at creating a significant extra-curricula FLOSS/H development 'clubs' across UK schools. I talk about some of my experiences. I would like part of the community to become actively involved in leading and mentoring school FLOSS/H clubs. I propose we start with existing FLOSS technology and develop an action plan which will have tangible results this year. The session will aim to begin the process of developing an Action Plan Garry Bulmer

Talking non-techie Paula Graham

I think all of us with a commitment to open technology want to empower users but it's not always as easy as it sounds - many Desktop users positively don't seem to want to be empowered! Or at least not necessarily in the way we think they should. It can be all too easy to project a sense of what feels empowering to us - and also to expect people to run before they can walk. Borrowing from methodologies such as participative design and action research, We work with refugee and migrant networks, women's groups and non-profit networks to identify what's needed in each specific context and where FOSS can fill a real need as perceived by the end users - the 'killer app', service or feature will be different each time when addressing different challenges and goals. Many of the answers seem counter-intuitive to open source and social enterprise cultures. For most of the networks and groups we work with, poverty alleviation and digital inclusion are urgent, pressing needs. People have few resources - so creative over-enthusiasm needs to be avoided. The answer in this context is very rarely to build something new. It's a matter of putting together and customising what's out there and, crucially, finding ways to ensure that non-technical people can take care of the technology themselves sustainably. At the other end of the equation we work to open channels between non-technical end-users, techies and developers.

- Visualising Big Data - itoWorld Christopher Osborne (11.40 - 12.30) (not confirmed yet)

Talking about the challenges and potential of visualising big data - mobile, realtime, crowdsourced or just plain old big. How with intelligent visualisation, data can be used to engage communities in planning the future of their cities. Showreel of our visualisation work, as featured on BBC Joy of Stats, Tim Berners-Lee's TED talk and Wired Magazine:

Have sent him email address.