5A - interesting questions

A session at OpenTech 2011

Saturday 21st May, 2011

4:00pm to 5:00pm (GMT)

Watching the Press

Dave Cross

The growth of blogging and social networking has given readers a way to challenge some of the disinformation that is published by the press every day. We'll look at some of the projects which are shining lights where newspapers would rather they weren't shone and highlight some examples of press inaccuracies. Some of them will make you laugh. Some of them will make you angry.

SEO Kung Fu Spotlight

Tim Ireland

Previously, to shine a light in dark corners, you needed to cooperation of a publisher or broadcaster or someone working for them. Now you can do it onyour own, but it is foolish to expect that you can reach the same number(s) of people as these outdated behemoths, or even that you need to. Besides, they lie about their numbers, just as those who copy them do. Keeping an MP honest, for example, starts with an audience of one. This will be an entertaining talk on political impacts. The Commercial version is one you can pay Tim for: http://www.bloggerheads.com/seo-...

OpenCorporates :: Building an open global database the distributed way

Chris Taggart

OpenCorporates has one simple (but big) goal, to have a URL for every company in the world, to allow campaigners, journalists and governments match their existing messy data with the actual real-world corporate entities, and connect the data together. But we could never do this alone, and fortunately with the help of some cool tools, a few small bounties, and a fantastic community, we're not having to, and already we've got over 8 million companies in over a dozen jurisdictions. Here's how we did it.

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Chris Taggart

Co-founder & CEO of @OpenCorporates: The Open Database Of The Corporate World. Also founded @OpenlyLocal, making local public data open and accessible bio from Twitter

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Tim Ireland

I blog about liars in media + politics. I often get lied about as a result. I earn money by teaching companies/organisations search engine optimisation kung fu. bio from Twitter

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Dave Cross

Geek. Lefty. Atheist. Skeptic, Rationalist, Secularist, Humanist, Republican. Music lover. Writer. Genealogist.

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Perl hacker, people watcher, Internet resident. Partner in Shiny Ideas. bio from Twitter

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Police State UK

Tracking politics, policing and civil liberties in the UK. bio from Twitter

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Helen Lambert

Partner in Shiny Ideas, co-founder of Police State UK. Filthy hippy & activist type. Also design/dev, fine art, folk music, hula-hooping, growing my own food. bio from Twitter

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Time 4:00pm5:00pm GMT

Date Sat 21st May 2011


Main Room, University of London Union

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