I write mainly about Technology, Politics, and Technology Politics. These key categories were developed over time at work from 2004 and more recently, since the 2010 General Election influenced by and reflecting my political activism in the Deptford Labour Party.
My views on the economics of software and collaborative development were formed while working at Sun Microsystems. Sun had returned to open source and my views were reinforced when in the later years I spent time in the public policy team, which let me participate in the management of the EU Commission’s R&D budget; they insist that public money buys public access. In the UK, from the publication of the Digital Britain White Paper in 2009 through to the summer of 2010, I campaigned against the Digital Economy Act neé Bill and joined the Open Rights Group. This has also had a long term influence on the blog.
Much of the writing on technology is related to its economics and in these articles I consider developer productivity and intellectual property laws in the UK and EU. The politics articles vary from comments on the law, through to local campaigns I participate in, the politics of the London Assembly, the Labour Party and national politics. I still blog on the technology itself, but much of my thoughts on technology are recorded in my companion wiki.
To help read it, and find stuff, the blog has a rich category and tag taxonomy. The categories are Politics, Technology, admin, travel, culture and silly. For a longer discussion about navigating around the blog, go here.