Talk about public service internet ideas at Revolution Conf http://2015.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk/index.html
1. Like Zach mentioned I'm Matt - Jukesie to just about everyone - and I work at the Office for National Statistics. For a change though this talk isn't about that - this is something a bit different and well to be honest you are my guinea pigs...a quick bit of housekeeping. First up I sound like a pirate not a farmer so tweet accordingly, secondly I do on occasion swear - apologies in advance..
2. Now it is clear that the 'Internet of Things' is the latest 'next big thing' - Gartner, those bastions of forward thinking, are suggesting that 25 billion 'things' will be connected to the internet by 2020. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2905717 -- another study says 90% of cars will be internet connected by the same year. I look forward to cars breaking down due to dropped connections - makes me happy I can't drive.
3. Here is the thing though - I don't care. Wearing a watch so I can tell who has DM'd me without going to the massive effort of looking at my phone? A fridge that can tell me when I have run out of milk? A car that can drive itself (OK maybe that one would be good sometimes given my driving!) The way that movie Wall-E portrayed people was not supposed to be aspirational!
4. Here is what I care about - this is still what interests me...this..
5. Plus this...
6. = this. The Internet of Screens....if I thought we were done with this then maybe I could rustle up some enthusiasm for the Internet of Things. Sometimes I think our entire industry (if that is even the right word) has collective 'attention deficit disorder' always looking for something new, something different -- ooohhhh shiny -- rather than just buckling down and delivering on the promise of what we have in front of us.
7. I think when I originally wrote these slides I was perhaps suffering from some delusions of grandeur...I've been reading a LOT about politics in recent weeks and clearly it had some kind of subliminal effect. Anyway while manifesto is a bit over the top this presentation does seek to set out MY motives and views about a topic I have become increasingly passionate about these last several months..
8. This idea of an Internet of Public Service - first articulated by Adrian Hon, founder of Six to Start who make Zombies, Run!, in a blogpost last year but supported by others like Anil Dash, who founded Movable Type one of the earliest blogging platforms, who wrote an amazing piece called 'The Web We Lost' and more recently an article from @hod3r (I can't pronounce his name embarrassingly) who spent 6 years in an Iranian jail for blogging about the 'Web We Have to Save...' ------> We live in a post-Snowden world, where there is a more and more concentration of power in a small number of internet giants, where any notion of civility seems to have vanished from online communications and where misogyny runs wild. On the other hand open source has never been more influential, there are real efforts to make Government services user focused and digital first in the UK, US, Australia and further afield, there are signs that ...[something else] There is a glimmer of hope and we must build on that..
9. So my hope today is to convince at least a couple of you that I am not crazy and this is an idea worthy of further investigation at least - I don't have any answers but hopefully the rest of this talk might provide some clues as to where they might reside.
10. So I did warn you I worked at the ONS :) I just have a few statistics to set the context.
11. On average we spend more online per person in the UK than anywhere else in the world. Also more than 50% of adults with bank accounts use online banking - again more than anywhere.
12. I'm a little bit dubious about the methodology behind the Ofcom stats but they are widely referenced and suit the narrative..
13. I'm guessing there are more than a couple of Facebook refuseniks in the room - or at least people with grave concerns about their privacy policies and behaviour...you (we) are the outliers.
14. This is huge and a massive counterpoint to those earlier statistics. 11% NEVER used the internet.
15. ..and when 76% of people have social media profiles on 18% have ever used the internet to find out about public services available to them.
16. ...and even fewer have ever gone online to participate in their democratic rights!
17. Trolls - not a strong enough term for what is now covered. Trolls were just online wind up merchants not the devils spawn they have become.
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20. First a confession - I fiddled this top 10 a bit as Google was 1 and 2! .com and .co.uk which meant Wikipedia fell 11 which wasn't too helpful for the talk. This top 10 though still begs some questions...who hell still uses Yahoo? Anyone? How is Live.com hanging on - all those Hotmail accounts still? Also apparently The Lad Bible is the 12th most visited site in the UK so far this year - more than the Daily Mail, Rightmove or Reddit!
21. Anyway to meander back to the point of this talk (honestly there is a thread somewhere) of this slightly fiddled top 10 only really the BBC and Wikipedia could be considered a part of any kind of 'Internet of Public Service' the rest of the time we are busy either handing over private data or hard earned cash.
22. ..and this idea of 'public service' isn't just something that was magic'd up - it is a well established concept - this is the Ofcom definition (yea them again) as regards to broadcasting - obviously the BBC are the most famous but Channel 4 and S4C have responsibilities here as well as things like PBS and NPR in the US (so all you fans of Strictly Come Dancing, Super Ted, Sesame Street and the Serial podcast are already consumers..)
23. It is all about the 'public benefit' -->
24. Like I said before the BBC is far and away the most famous exponent of 'public service broadcasting' and there is a great deal in the news at the moment because their Charter is up for review and it is clear that the current Government is no fan of the BBC in its current form