Welcome! My day job is at the communications agency Blue Rubicon and I am also a Visiting Lecturer at City University. I edit the monthly newsletter, Liberal Democrat Newswire. This is my personal blog – with my views, expressed on behalf of myself. Take a look around – and do comment on what you see.

Politics

Two good ideas and one duff one from the Electoral Commission

22 July 2014

The Electoral Commission's report into the May 2014 elections is fairly low-key, but in amongst the modest changes floated based on the lessons of this year are a couple of welcome details - and one misplaced idea.

Technology

This article will self-destruct: the rise of ephemeral messaging

16 July 2014

The rise of ephemeral messaging poses a new challenge for social media monitoring. How do you measure something that isn’t there? From the moment the first status message was shared, social media measurement has been a vexed question for those who want to judge communications work by more than just gut feel. But the latest […]

History

FOOTNOTE ‡: Are US Military Bases and Embassies American Soil?

14 July 2014

Watch the new fun (yet educational) video from CGP Grey:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  

Media & PR

The ministry of data

22 July 2014

Unusually for a reshuffle move, Ed Vaizey’s new job is one for which he has plenty of relevant experience in government.