These notes have been submitted to the main Unconference organisers for collation with the partner events around the UK. Feel free to continue developing these points in the comments.
- The report seems to be concerned with protecting existing businesses rather than encouraging new entrants to markets;
- The report is focused on the needs of business not the needs of the public
- ISP’s should see opportunities as well as threats
- DAB – What standard? Report needs to be specific
- Report should recognise that uploading is a majority activity e.g. flickr, facebook
- Consumer rights need to be championed
- tech that is good for consumers
- The public are not CONSUMERS but PARTICIPANTS
- Get people included in conversation, not just businesses
- ISP’s should see opportunities as well as threats
- Networks should be key in conversations about DIGITAL INCLUSION
- Producers at grassroots need fast UPLOADS as well as downloads
- Require ISPs to charge proportionally for up and down stream. Don’t penalise uploaders by charging them for fast uploads: this effects creative SMEs
- Parity for urban and rural communities in connectivity – support for rural creative and cultural industries who need access to good network infrastructure
- Web on TV especially in areas we can’t get networks to
- Pre-empt demand for bandwidth
- is 2Mbps really enough?
- is 2Mbps a minimum, if so what should most of the country expect
- how was the minimum chosen?
- An overview of Birmingham & West Midlands
- Lots of support activity from AWM, 4ip to accessible funds are good
- WM are ahead of the game in terms of funds
- The public support for creative & cultural and digital business in West Midlands attracts further investment (from private sector) and creative talent to the region
- What sort of funds and investment?
- Grants or investments?
- is government looking to support for digital industry? Or creative industry? Or Cultural industries?
- How do we help creativity (not just chasing funding)?
- Government commitment to projects in digital content e.g. Wellness agenda – in establishing digital content, as key purchases of services
- Universities need investment for knowledge transfer and research
- Opportunities for Birmingham and West Midlands:
- Longbridge as another digital cluster
- Attract organisations like building societies who would bring infrastructure investment as well as jobs
- IT businesses and their concerns are part of this discussion too
- Its broken: Start from scratch
- Some ideas for the carrot (encouraging legal behaviour) as well as the stick (policing IP)
- Commitment to alternative models of IP within the discussion
- Education for businesses not just consumers: they need to know opportunities not just threats from digital and its effect on IP
- Copyright laws and rights agencies seem to be already moving ahead based on old models: how do we make them stop?
- Free up old media products: media as culture. If content isn’t being used to generate revenue anymore, then it should be freely available
- Some acknowledgment of consumers position not just media companies
- What do artists/producers want? People to consume their products! They don’t want their audience to be criminalised
- IP roles need to work for all types of media
Public Service/Broadcast production
- Opportunity for independent producers
- A clearer vision: Producers can’t see more than 12 months ahead, so show them there is a longer term strategy and get them to invest time in that
- Independent producers should be more innovative in approach to IP and to co-working with both their peers and their audience
- Clarity is needed as to what Public Service means in a digital age.
- Ad inventory: why is this a problem?
- In a free market new companies should be able to enter the market and sell advertising space
- Concerns over ad inventory contradicts references to ensuring “competitiveness” in the report and seem protectionist
- Ad models need to change: recognise Google as an innovator
- Recognise small producers in these policies
Education & Skills
- Links between industry and education: report asks what there should be – so what should there be?
- Training vs. Education: training has limits education will produce flexible digital media literacy and workers.
- Beyond online tutorials: proper education
- Education for the cultural role of digital media, and for digital citizenship
- Move the debate beyond business and technology
- Open up general debates around role of digital media in society: more away from “facebook rots your brain” (Daily Mail) angle of mainstream media
- Lets not throw away pedagogy it’s still education: don’t get distracted by the kit
- Meaningful and accessible training for the kit that people have and use
- Birmingham: we need to shout about what we do already.
Skills for delivery of public services and interface with government (?)
- Talks about mechanics of e-government but not about underpinning ideas of citizenship, e-democracy
- Define universal service provision – who for? – how does it work?
- We need a digital media literacy not just the ability to use a computer
- Education policies that work towards wider educational goals, that aren’t barriers to other learning.
- Open access to internet in schools and public places NOT locked down
- Government sees www as broadcast: government should open up information and let third parties utilise it
- But we need a conversation about how transparency might work
- Clear REWARD to encourage engagement otherwise people won’t be interested
- Access to data encourages innovation and creativity