There are no self-evident connections between the key objectives of counter-terrorism, development, democracy/ state-building and counter-insurgency. Counter-insurgency is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for state-building.
Rory Stewart knows Afghanistan, and this essay is a expert analysis of the problems with the Afghan ‘mission’; it is a pity that his solution to the problem is not as clear as his diagnosis of the problem.
Nothing in my usual sources caught my eye, so this week it’s one of mine from a photo collection called ‘My Hood‘.
I took the shot from the top of the #26 bus just outside of Liverpool Street Station. It was one of those freezing cold sunny days. I don’t live in the East End anymore; I lived there for 6 years but I only miss the photography.
Insighful and hardworking creative, using the technolgy and the channel superbly; not preachy but makes you think twice. I think this might have an impact; it’s already caught on and seems to generating the views from exactly the intended audience. I’m really keen to locate an evaluation. Continue reading “Choose a different ending”→
UK ‘internet landscape’ stats slide from recent presentation.
Might find it useful.
The Internet is 40 in 2009, the World Wide Web is 20
Global Internet usage reached more than 1 billion unique visitors in December 2008 (ComScore 2009)
Almost 16.5 million households in the UK had internet access in 2008. This represents nearly two thirds of the total households in UK, and a rise of more than 1.2 million since 2007 (ONS 2008)
70% of Britons use web, 30% do not (OxIS 2009)
The online population now reflects the demographic make-up of the UK as a whole, with a 52%/48% male/female split. 21% of internet users are 25 to 34 years and at the other end of the spectrum, the over-50s now represent 30% of total time spent online. (BMRB Internet Monitor 2009)
33% of British users have 7 or more years of experience using the web (OxIS 2009)
51% of British users rate their skills as good (OxIS 2009)
89% of UK users felt fairly or very confident about their critical skills such as evaluating the credibility of a source online (OxIS 2009)
The UK has the most active online population in Europe, with the highest average number of daily visitors (21.8m), the highest usage days per month (21 per user), and the highest average time spent per month per user (34.4 hours). (ComScore 2009)
Trust in the internet is growing, and is higher than television and newspapers/magazines (which still best the internet for entertainment purposes) (OxIS 2009)
38% of Internet users had met someone on the Internet they did not know before (OxIS 2009)
Most internet users believe that the use of the Internet is of value in creating opportunities for personal, financial and economic advantage (OxIS 2009)
38% of professionals believe the internet makes them more productive (OxIS 2009)
49% of adults had used an internet banking service, 34% had sought health-related information, 25% had looked for a job or made a job application and 31% had looked for information on education, training or courses. (ONS 2008)
One fifth (21%) of Internet users undertook at least one civic action on the Internet, compared to one third (34%) of users who had done this offline. (OxIS 2009)
Use of government services online was undertaken by a relatively large proportion of the population (59% in 2009) and increased considerably since 2005. (OxIS 2009)
44% users have posted photos online, 33% have posted on message boards, 22% have a blog, 19% had commented on someone else’s blog, 8% had contributed to a wiki (OxIS 2009)
One in every six minutes the average internet user spends online are spent on a social media channel (Neilsen Online 2009)
47 per cent of Britons online use Facebook (Neilsen Online 2009)
UK internet traffic to video websites has increased by 40.7% over the last 12 months. Twenty hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute. (Hitwise 2008)
As of December 2008, 12.9 million people, or around 25 per cent of the population, used mobile internet. 19-34 year olds are most likely to use the mobile to access internet. (ComScore 2008)
Web access is the single biggest obstacle to digital engagement and no one knows the true nature of the challenge; it’s all anecdotal.
There is a tension between the craftsman and assembly-line approaches to civil service working. It seems to be an argument about quality. Perhaps we need to look to collaborative NPD methods for a compromise and the stride forward. I found a paper on the subject by Ingvild Sundby stimulated some ideas.
It’s been a while since I’d been at a conference (if one can still use that term for such an event). And, I am glad I had the opportunity (thanks to Nick for the allowing the time, and Steve and Tiffany for arranging).