Google’s second annual Big Tent UK took place last Wednesday at the Grove Hotel in Watford. It was an exciting event in the media world and there was a lot going on. Editor of the Buzz, Amel Guettatfi, has kindly supplied a special Buzz about Big Tent UK 2012. Continue reading
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This year is only the second year of the annual Google Tent Event but it touched vital issues like copyright, future of news and online safety for children. Among the speakers was also Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science. He shared his views on development of teaching in universities across the country by the means of interaction, collaborative research and open access to data.
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On the 18th of May, Google in conjunction with Privacy International and Index on Censorship held the ‘Big Tent’ event, in Watford, London. This unique forum was attended by journalists, scholars, politicians and NGO representatives to discuss various hot issues surrounding the internet and society. The main areas explored included the role of technology in Middle Eastern revolutions, limits of free speech online, privacy laws with regard to online innovation and the place of technology and information access in solving conflicts.
Google’s Director of external relations EMEA, Peter Barron, gave the official welcome to the event by describing the idea behind the ‘Big Tent’ as a forum seeking to attract people with diverse viewpoints and proceeded to invite the audience to the first session on privacy and innovation.
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13.59: What’s next for Peter Barron? Coming in as the runner-up for the recent Radio 4 controller job, Peter will be starting a new role in January as Director of Communications in the Middle East and North Africa. Many thanks to Peter for taking the time out of his busy schedule.
13.57: Are Google in bed with the Feds? Not according to Peter. Google tries very hard not to hand over information and data to the authorities with cases in which it is forced to do so, only handing over the bare minimum.
13.55: Peter on Android. “Android is an open OS unlike the iPhone.” Presenting myriad opportunities for handsets at any price range has Google’s Android OS cornered the cheap smart phone market? With a potential market of 5.6 million users Peter seems to think so.
13.53: Are we going to see a feature about the creation of Google? With The Social Network setting precedent is Google set to follow? Screenplays are being written believes Peter.
13.51: “We live in a world that is ruled by data, that’s just a reality.” Peter says Google never meant or ever intends to infringe the privacy of users or innocent bystanders and that the issue of privacy needs to be addressed across the board. “Transparency, choice and control” is Google’s commitment.
This afternoon don’t miss out on the ‘Coventry Conversation’ starring Mark Wild, former commissioning editor of Animal Planet. Get answers to all those questions you’ve been asking yourself about Meerkat Manor at 1.00pm in ETG34 (Ellen Terry Building).
On Thursday, TV legend and fine art graduate Paul Watson will converse with the ever-growing audience of the Coventry Conversations. BAFTA, RTS and Grierson Award Winner will talk about why he is lauded by some and hated by others; here it all from the documentary master.
We hear about and see Google everywhere we go; it’s ever-present with its growing demand. Lately Google has been getting into a bit of trouble it seems. Can Peter Barron clear its name from all the criticism? Find out on Friday, 12 November at 1pm in Ellen Terry. CU Today will also make sure that you won’t miss out on the excitement; follow our live blog to keep up with the action. Writes Natasha De Silva…