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Undigital Britain: A Vision For An Unconnected Policyscape

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imageThe online planning for today’s Digital Britain Summit was poor even before the conference began – but the web output from the event itself could make a citizen wonder Lord Carter’s advisers are really best placed to make Britain digital…

Registration fail: I registered for the event earlier this week using an open web form built by conferences company Glasgows – luckily, I managed to register before the outfit closed registration due to a full booking. But a couple of days later, I and other journalists got an email saying “Digital Britain Summit is oversubscribed – we are unable to allocate you a place”. The email advised I instead attend virtually by following the event’s live video stream, live blog and live bloody tweets. Not ideal, but workable

Video fail: I would have watched the stream But, rubbing salt in my wound, the video window is mostly plagued by a continually spinning wheel and no pictures. When it does work, the buffering is so bad that the picture and audio are utterly incomprehensible. I think that’s Gordon Brown in the picture, but I can’t quite tell – the stream of his big keynote speech went spectacularly wrong. It’s powered by Streaming Wizard. Perhaps Lord Carter’s people need to set their minimum-bandwidth guarantee plenty higher than the 2Mbps promised in his interim report…

Update: The video is now working better…