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16/06/2009 Update: Add your thoughts to the final Digital Britain report launched by Ben Bradshaw and Lord Carter today!

Cambridge Event Details

May 1, 2009

The Cambridge Digital Britain Unconference is going to be a two-pronged beast:

Part 1
On Thursday May 7th we will hold an ‘unpicnic’ on Parker’s Piece in the centre of Cambridge, from 1100-1400. Please bring lunch. If it’s wet we will move to the Arts Picturehouse on St Andrew’s Street (upstairs, don’t go to The Regal by mistake!) and occupy space there.

We will convene at Reality Checkpoint, the lamp in the centre of the piece, since our goal is to bring a bit of network reality to the discussion.

As there’s space for 15,000 people on Parker’s Piece there is no need to register in advance for this event – though if you could drop me an email at bill at andfinally dot com it would be useful to give me an idea of roughly how many people to expect and also let me contact you if plans change at short notice.

The format will be flexible.

Part 2
On Monday May 11th there will also be a Digital Britain session at the
Amplfied 09 event taking place in the Picturehouse Bar from 1400-1800. To register for this please go to


Agenda and links for the Oxfordshire unconference today

May 1, 2009

For those wishing to drop by virtually on the Oxfordshire Digital Britain Unconference here are a few links and the agenda:

@CameronNeylon is hosting the event and will be one of the folk to follow, as well as @Alheri.

The hashtag they will be using is #dbuc09

Listen/watch live
Cameron is aiming to webcast the meeting at

Meet at 11:30(ish) – plan out agenda
12:30 – lunch
1:30 – tackle a few specific issues in blocks and see what we can put together. They will probably work on the Fake Digital Britain Report as a template.

More details on twitter as they evolve!

London Digital Britain Unconference announced

April 29, 2009

Thanks to the very generous assistance of the ICA the London Digital Britain Unconference will be happening next Wednesday evening, details as follows:

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Where: ICA (enter through rear door)
12 Carlton House Terrace
Westminster, Greater London SW1Y 5AH

For further details and to book please go here

The aim of the unconferences is to develop a coherent response to the Interim Digital Britain Report.

For further details about what this is all about see this previous post by Bill Thompson.

Glasgow latest to hold Digital Britain Unconference

April 29, 2009

Craig McGill today announced that a Scottish Digital Britain Unconference will be held in Glasgow on the evening of 8th May. The event has been made possible through the kind generosity of Katie Howard and The Living Room. Details as follows:

Time: 5pm-7pm
Date: 8 May, 2009
Venue: The Living Room, 150 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5NE

More details here or follow Craig on Twitter.

Manchester announces Digital Britain Unconference

April 28, 2009

Manchester Digital has announced the details of the unconference for its city namesake and become the third UK area to confirm an event.

They say that this is:

A chance tell the Government what the Manchester digital community thinks about the Digital Britain ideas.

Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
When: 12 May, 2009
Where: MDDA, 117-119 Portland Street, M1 6ED
More details and how to book here.

Why we’re here

April 25, 2009

Bill Thompson explains the background to how we’ve got to the Digital Britain Unconference plan.

In October last year Stephen Carter was asked to prepare a wide-ranging “action plan” for the digital media economy, to form the basis of Government policy in this vitally important area.

Carter, whose career to date has encompassed advertising, running cable company NTL and working as chief executive of Ofcom as well as a brief period inside the strategy unit at Number 10 Downing Street, had recently been enobled and appointed minister for communications, technology and broadcasting reporting to both DCMS and BERR.
Read more…

First two unconference events announced

April 24, 2009

The first unconferences were announced today by @CameronNeylon and @JohnPopham, respectively, as:

Didcot, Oxfordshire
Friday, May 01, 2009 from 11:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Register here

Yorkshire & Humber
Tuesday, May 05, 2009 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Details and to register