This morning’s reading

Trying to spend an hour each morning running through my feeds. Here’s a snapshot of some of the stuff i came across today:

Africa Gathering

Voters expect that the level of public engagement they experienced with Barack Obama during the campaign, much of it occurring online, will continue into the early period of his new administration. A majority of Obama voters expect to carry on efforts to support his policies and try to persuade others to back his initiatives in the coming year; a substantial number expect to hear directly from Obama and his team; and a notable cohort say they have followed the transition online.

Scarlett Johansson is a Teutonic Clone! (can they produce more please?) – interesting piece from the ever great on the new generation of giving.

GENERATION G | “Captures the growing importance of ‘generosity’ as a leading societal and business mindset. As consumers are disgusted with greed and its current dire consequences for the economy—and while that same upheaval has them longing more than ever for institutions that care—the need for more generosity beautifully coincides with the ongoing (and pre-recession) emergence of an online-fueled culture of individuals who share, give, engage, create and collaborate in large numbers.In fact, for many, sharing a passion and receiving recognition have replaced ‘taking’ as the new status symbol. Businesses should follow this societal/behavioral shift, however much it may oppose their decades-old devotion to me, myself and I.”

Digust with consumer materialism, partially driven by the recession and financial crisis worldwide, and a new level of type of openess in communication

13 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, while 1 billion videos are watched. A day. And that was LAST year.

Looking at MS’s new tagging technology – a more colourful QR code, with an neon aztec twist. ( European researchers working on the MOBVIS project have developed a new system that will allow camera phone users to hyperlink the real world. After taking a picture of a streetscape in an urban area, the MOBVIS technology identifies objects like buildings, infrastructure, monuments, cars, and even logos and banners. It then renders relevant information on the screen using icons that deliver text-based details about the object when clicked.

Child’s i Foundation Meetup in Feb

Our Child’s i Foundation first meetup will be held at the Old Bank of England on Feb 4th. The main plan of action (so far) is to discuss our current todo lists, and hopefully peddle off tasks to people who are keen to give some time and effort to the cause. We’ll be posting more about what we’re able to divvy out on the main blog in due course, but if you’re interested in giving some time, please RSVP, and come along.

Kirsty, Lucy and Julia were at the sicamp last night, collecting business cards and speaking to a whole range of lovely developer and just interesting types, many of who are keen to help out, across quite a wide range of technologies. It provides an interesting challenge, in that we’re eager to receive help regardless of what platforms things are built on. We already have interest from Drupal, Rails and PHP people. Our current site is built on WordPress and will soon enough be moved to its own box so we’re a bit more able to hack the code – but if we have lots of activity using different platforms, it will be a great opportunity to show how open standards and interoperability technology such as webservices can be used to great a coherant whole. Increasingly, I think the main site will become a portal to aggregate the network activity – which quite neatly reflects our meatspace activity.

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Unusual Births for 2009

A Ugandan baby girl was born aboard an airplane en route from Amsterdam to the United States – and so was given Canadian citizenship, because the plane was flying over eastern Canada at the time.

A Polish woman has become only the second person to give birth on London’s Underground rail network in its 146-year history. Tube officials have confirmed that Julia Kowalska gave birth at a Jubilee Line Underground station on December 19.

French Politicians:
France’s justice minister Rachida Dati has given birth to a baby girl after refusing to name the child’s father. Her daughter, Zohra, was delivered 15 days prematurely by caesarean section in a maternity clinic in Paris.