How has the Web changed things for parents? – a video from Switched On Families


This video was posted recently on Youtube and on the Guardian website here.

This was originally created as part of the Virgin Media group’s actions to support consumers, particularly in the use of the web and digital media.

So they created the Switched On Families resource:

Switched on Families is about giving parents clear, honest, useful (and sometimes even fun) support to make sure your family gets the best from the web.

…and covers information for parents on all the big digital issues like who to trust, digital addition, what to share, and how to play nice online. This information is filtered by child development stages and also features videos with families talking about the choices they’re making online.

Well done to Virgin Media for making this available.

[Disclosure – I’m not a Virgin Media customer – just a parent appreciating this helpful resource]

An insight into the contributors to Wikipedia

imageThis is a great video, giving an insight into the  thoughts and approaches from some the Wikipedia contributors.


Meet some of the awesome people who make wikipedia

Wikipedia is one of the great internet phenomena and a fantastic example of community collaboration, and volunteerism. It demonstrates our desire as a species to bring sense and order to our world, and to describe and document almost every aspect of our existence in our surroundings and to one another.

Take Action for #FreeandOpen Internet

A free and open world depends on a free and open web!

On December 3rd the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to re-negotiate a decades-old communications treaty.

The discussions are closed-doors.

Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open Internet. Engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have no vote.

The ITU is also secretive. The treaty conference and proposals are confidential.

Text taken from Google’s Take Action Web site.

Please watch this video – and consider adding your voice.

Take Action : Add Your Voice to Keep the internet free and Open

Please read the ITU blog post on this event (it may present a more balanced view point on this event?)


Comments back from Vint Cerf at Google: (20/12/2012)

Over the past few weeks, you stood with millions from all corners of the world who took action in support of a free and open Internet. Your voice was heard.

Some governments sought to use the recent meeting of the International Telecommunication Union in Dubai to increase censorship and regulation of the Internet. At the conclusion of the meeting last Friday, 89 countries signed the treaty, while 55 countries said they would not sign or that additional review was needed. We stand with the countries that refused to sign, and we stand with you.

We we want to thank you for your actions over the past few weeks. Your voice helped shine a light on a process that would otherwise have been in the dark, and you helped bring the issue of Internet freedom to global prominence.

With your support, we can continue to help ensure that governments alone do not direct the future of the Internet. Thank you.

Until next time,

Vint Cerf



An Infographic on the Hypocrisy of Hollywood

As a response to the post on the SOPA protest in January :-

SOPA protest–Wikipedia, WordPress & other Internet Blackout (18th January 2012)

The folks at got in touch.

They recently produced an interesting infographic on how the film industry originally “fled to Hollywood in order to get away from copyright laws and fees in the first place.” – Therefore it does seem hypocritical (but not surprising) to have “these copyright laws to be conveniently enforced for their own benefit.”

Read the infographic and decide for yourself, also pop by their infographics section to browse other interesting comments and statistics.

Hypocrisy in Hollywood
Created by: Paralegal

Music Streaming Service Competition

My musical playback history Feb 2011- Feb 2012

An Infographic of my musical playback history Feb 2011- Feb 2012 from lastgraph 

I only recently wrote about the recent apps integration within the Spotify client (link).


So it was with interest I learnt of the new music service from The Lounge.


The Lounge is a full music streaming service with a large on-demand music album catalogue,  play back from commercial and public broadcast services and audio hardware integration with Pure Radio devices.

The fact The Lounge has a several artists that are absent from Spotify (e.g. Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pink Floyd) and the direct hardware support, make it a very interesting proposal.

The subscription for the full service – support of streaming your playlists etc. to devices and playing music on-demand is available for a reasonable £4.99/month*. (*only in available in the UK

So it does make good competition for Spotify at least in the UK.

Will I move service?

No, not at present. I am not ready to move across.  Why?

Well primarily because of the application and social integration that is present in Spotify, I know some people have baulked at the requirement to have a Facebook account to use Spotify. (link)

    • However, that integration with Facebook is a feature I enjoy and appreciate. 
    • Also the integration with is also very important, the ability to scrobble and build my play list into is important from a personal viewpoint of tracking my own journey through music.

Finally the effort of curation and assembling playlists all over again, is a barrier too far.   Not inconsiderably effort has gone into their assembly and now they’re created in Spotify, they are shareable and subcribable.  To lose that library of musical taste and disconnect from the sphere of musical sharing is not something I can not stomach. 

The Infographic from lastgraph (at the top of the post) is a great example of the app and service I benefit from the extensibility from Spotify and – the “limitations” in catalogue are bearable for service amenities such as these.

I don’t have any playback devices for Spotify apart from the PC | Laptop but there are audio device options (e.g. Logitech) which I have put on that “wish list”. Smile

So what do you think?  Is the The Lounge  for you?

Spotify – now with in built Apps


Spotify actually announced this last year (link).

However, as a user I just recently received the update.

This is a cool update to a favourite app of mine.

It makes services like much more integrated and useful, and helps fuel useful recommendations and sharing.

This video offers a great introduction:

Spotify Apps Video Introduction

Learn more >> here

It’s clear that the services integration “the app-store mind set” is coming through more and more.   There is a clear move to application extensions within applications.