Moving home

I’ve switched to a self-hosted wordpress blog, so it’s time to move home. All my previous posts (and associated comments) now live at Thanks for reading, and see you there.

Hallo, this is Iceland

Hella, Iceland

Awesome story of how Iceland is using social media to rebuild its tourism industry – and getting the president heavily involved.

This has to be one of the greatest tumblrs ever made:

“There are many towns on me where humans live. One of them is called “Hella”. I have noticed that many humans think this is a clever name, and take photographs of the sign that says “Hella”.

I do not know why they do this.

Bless bless,
– Iceland.”

Occupy 2.0

The WSJ on how the Occupy movement is going beyond social media and developing new media – including video streaming, mapping and DIY its owns wi-fi networks.

Unpacking Kony 2012

Ethan Zuckerman of MIT’s Center for Civic Media gives one of the most sensible analyses of the Kony 2012 phenomenon I’ve read so far.

Mission Control, Built for Cities

Great piece on I.B.M.’s ‘Smarter Cities’ concept, being used in Rio de Janeiro – and run by Bangalore-born Guru Banavar. Imagine if we could do something similar in India.

Throwing the toys out of the pram

Russian authorities in Siberia have banned a protest by toys – because they are not citizens of Russia.  No comment yet from the 100 Kinder Surprise toys, 100 Lego people, 20 model soldiers, 15 soft toys and 10 toy cars.

Amartya Sen on India’s media

Brilliant and incisive analysis of the state of India’s media (mostly the press) from Amartya Sen.

“There are, of course, many divisions in India — and some apply to newspaper ownership as well — but the division that introduces a generic bias in Indian news coverage, related to the interest of the newspaper reading public, is more like one between a fortunate fifth of the population who are doing just fine on the basis of the economic progress that is taking place in India, and the rest who are being left firmly behind.”


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