Some words and questions
Some words and questions
This part looks at the Panama Papers through the lens of data infrastructure, the second part looks at it through the lens of personal data and privacy.
It can be useful to know how many people attend a football match but the official figures are not accurate. Blackpool fans have been collecting data and working out more accurate attendance figures for their team. They hope it will help them oust the football club’s owners and help a fan-owned club to emerge. The footballing authorities should encourage clubs to publish the...
I’m interested in the new organisational structures that blockchains, or other forms of distributed ledger, might enable, the problems they might solve and whether solving those problems can help make the world better. Bitcoin is enabled by one type of blockchain. As Jeni Tennison of the Open Data Institute explained:
Blockchains provide a way to store information...
Voter registration is a problem in the UK.
If we opened up aggregated data and registration APIs then we could build a network of services to help get people registered. As a result we would get more people registered and, hopefully, more people voting in our elections.
Over the last three years nearly 2000 fans have chosen to join the Blackpool Supporters Trust (BST). Anyone can join. The trust is democratically run by its members. The trust’s committee is elected...
I dropped an email to the Blackpool Fans’ Progress Group (FPG) last week.
The FPG responded within a couple of days. I’m grateful to them for responding so fast.
At the weekend 10,000 Liverpool fans marched out of Anfield in a protest against ticket prices and it was reported that Sepp Blatter is continuing his campaign to make mischief for football’s global governing body Fifa.
The two incidents are connected and, strangely enough, the connection is the Lancashire town of Blackpool and the global movement of...
While the football is irrelevant this is still an ‘interesting time’ for fans of Blackpool football club. There are ups and downs but despite their appalling owner, and against a background of continuing legal actions, there is a glimmer of hope. An upcoming meeting with the club provides a way to test how fast this progress...
Would it be useful to know whether complaints about welfare payments are rising or falling? Or to understand more about the jobs that our politicians do?
There is data that can help answer both of these questions and many others. Unfortunately it’s not open.