The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has released its much vaunted, year long, study “Spreading the benefits of Digital Participation”, its blueprint for universal digital participation in Scotland. It stipulates three priority areas - access, motivation and skills development.

The internet needs to be a safe place

In the nations, how to deal with questions of small scale are especially important in television production and that is why out of London quotas have proved to be key to at least some decentralisation.

The same issues arise for film production, distribution and consumption. As Scotland approaches its independence referendum this September, there have been the first stirrings of debate about film policy.

Philip Schlesinger, chair of the Advisory Committee for Scotland, has been a protagonist in the discussion and here reflects on current debate.

Creative Scotland’s role in film policy is not widely regarded as successful

The Scottish government published further details this week (18th February) about its plans for culture and broadcasting in an independent Scotland (Scotland’s Future: Culture and Broadcasting).

Scottish Broadcasting Service proposed
Royal Mail postbox

I think the Institute of Directors is the best business organisation in the whole world.

Perhaps I’m partial as I chair the Scottish bit. In that role,  I asked a question of Alex Salmond at the launch of the voluminous Referendum White Paper.

Universal Service Obligation

Plenty of questions still unanswered....
Scottish newspapers

Along with my colleague Dr Alex Benchimol, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, I’ve been looking at the challenges the Scottish Press is facing, from adapting to a digital age to maintaining a distinct Scottish identity.

Can print journalism adapt to the digital revolution
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Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland could be a world leader in digital inclusion, instead of always playing catch-up?

Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland could be a world leader in digital inclusion, instead of always playing catch-up?
BBC Scotland


The BBC asked me to write a comment for their website - here - on the broadcasting provisions in the Scottish Government’s White Paper, Scotland’s Future

They set it up in a useful way, as follows:

Independent Scottish broadcaster could have a trading relationship with the BBC

The Scottish Government has just published Scotland’s Future, its hefty policy blueprint for independence.

One section of this document is of special relevance to Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland(ACS), namely Chapter 9, which deals with how the Scottish Government envisages the future of broadcasting and communications regulation in an independent country.

The debate steps up a gear

The plan to reduce the welfare budget by £18 billion will have significant implications for the Citizens Advice service and the thousands of individuals who seek its help each year. In addition, it is the UK government’s mission to get up to 80% of welfare benefits applications submitted online.

This leaves Citizens Advice with the difficult issue of sticking to the provision of advice or going further and actively helping those struggling with electronic applications to get online.

IT training?

Digital gap turning into a dgital gulf
as seen on tv

I am a keen watcher of top English football, so many a winter Saturday afternoon or weekday evening will find me indulging that passion.

No one who shares this interest will have failed to notice the intensive betting advertising that now surrounds football. Not only is every advertising break seemingly dominated by the inducement to bet, but many pitch-side hoardings carry the apparent exaltation of betting for the full 90 minutes. Watching football, it has become inescapable to watch betting promotion.

Ofcom research

Fivefold increase since 2006
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