The Maturing of the MOOC UK BIS Sept 2013

The Maturing of the MOOC – UK BIS September 2013

Elite institutions in The Academy, primarily leading US universities, are widely engaging enthusiastically in MOOCs by lending brand, content, funds, staff, badging and policy support. They see opportunities for brand enhancement, pedagogic experimentation, recruitment and business model innovation. The pro-MOOC impetus is producing a conspicuous literature. It reports positively on these experiments, describing a process […]

Zero To Eight Young Children Internet Use – UK LSE August 2013

EU Kids Online has spent seven years investigating 9-16 year olds’ engagement with the internet, focusing on the benefits and risks of children’s internet use. While this meant examining the experiences of much younger children than had been researched before EU Kids Online began its work in 2006, there is now a critical need for […]

E-Crime in the UK - House of Commons Jul 2013

E-Crime in the UK – House of Commons July 2013

We live in a world where terms like “Cyber crime” no longer belong in the realm of science fiction. Modern devices such as smart phones and tablets have brought the internet not only to our fingertips but to our bedsides, our pockets and to our children. And yet there is strong evidence that access to […]

Information Economy Strategy

Information Economy Strategy Released by the UK Government June 2013

This new UK Government Information Economy Strategy sets out a plan for government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK information economy sector. Its main themes are: a strong, innovative information economy sector exporting UK excellence to the world UK businesses across the economy making smart use of […]

The Big Data Opportunity in Government – UK Policy Exchange July 2012

The modern world generates a staggering quantity of data – big data – and the business of government is no exception. Across the public sector, extraordinary quantities of data are amassed in the course of running public services – from managing welfare payments and the National Health Service, through to issuing passports and driving licences. In […]

UK Angel Investor Tax Reforms March 2012

UK Angel Investor Tax Reforms – March 2012

UK Angel Investor Tax Reforms document has been produced to bring together all the information published at Budget 23 March 2011, and to answer some frequently asked questions. The aim of this measure is to help smaller, riskier UK companies to compete for finance by increasing the incentive for people to invest in smaller companies, […]

Media Convergence – ACMA Occasional Paper on Converged Legislative Frameworks

30th July 2011. Over the last few months, the Australian government has been seeking submissions on the issue of convergence. Legislative convergence – the amalgamation of communications, internet and media legislation under a single, converged legislative framework – has often been viewed as a best practice response to convergence issues. Click here to download the […]

Fixing Flaws in Government IT – UK Report

10th March 2011. Government IT offers many challenges but, it seems, few solutions that satisfy everyone.This UK report analyses the problems of “failed project delivery” and recommends solutions, focussing on “agile” concepts. Click here to download/view the report There is a well-documented history of too many high-profile and costly failures. This is rarely the fault […]

Validated Angel Market Returns – RSCM 2010

Knowing the return of an asset class is a crucial variable in making a portfolio allocation decision. Recently, interest in startup investments has motivated at least eight large studies in the US and UK to examine returns in the business angel market. The average return across all these studies is 27%. These studies further reveal […]

Private Equity Emerging from the Crisis – Towers Watson September 2010

The private equity industry has been under the spotlight over the past few years, not always for the right reasons. First, there was public criticism over the behaviour of some groups in cost cutting and employing huge amounts of leverage. Second, concern was expressed over lack of transparency which led to, amongst other things, the […]