Anyone old enough to have owned an Amiga 500 or Super Nintendo when they were first released will have fond memories of Channel 4's gaming show, GamesMaster. The show was a mixture of gaming news and contestant-based challenges, set by…
Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Derek Wyatt has become the first politician in the world to have his own iPhone app. The MyMP app aims to get younger people involved in politics by offering text and Twitter based discussions on local…
It’s nice to see Twitter going from strength-to-strength, and I genuinely believe that it’s got the potential to do for status updates and IM what Facebook did for social networking. The latest application to sit on top of the service is a TheyWorkForYou-style service called Tweetminster that lets you search for your MP and see whether or not they’re on Twitter.
Unfortunately my MP, Jeremy Corbyn, isn’t Twittering yet, but he’s the kind of guy who might, so I’m hoping he picks up on it soon. In the meantime, I now know that Jude Robinson [Lab] “is steaming over the Lib Dems’ Airport Inquiry” and Jo Swinson [LD] is “so heading home to change and go into Parliament”. Exciting stuff.
Tweetminster (via @jordanstone)
When it comes to “the Internets”, MPs do seem to ask the near-impossible. While I’m all in favour of protecting children from online nastiness, I don’t think trying to push existing methods on to the Web works.
The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has warned that the Internet has a “dark side”, and protested over the delays in taking down images of child abuse once reported. Indeed, I agree.
However, they’ve also called for video sharing sites such as YouTube to create an age classification system for violent or sexually-explicit content, as well as introducing a watershed time before which such videos can’t be shown…
A new report by the Commons Modernisation Committee has recommended that MPs be permitted to bring handheld devices into the House of Commons, so that they can work and check on emails while waiting for long, boring speeches to end.
The boredom factor may be discouraging some backbench MPs from attending parliamentary debates and leading to low morale.
Alex attempts to navigate this ambitious, budget 1GB video and music player from MP Man.