11th Feb: Weekly campaign diary for #dean4luton

It’s been another packed week representing Luton North, campaigning, canvassing and connecting with lots of residents across the constituency. Beyond the visits and photos, I’ve been very busy this week investigating some of the financial and community decisions of Luton Borough Council. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like they are actively held to account by the existing Labour […]

Weekly Campaign Diary for #Dean4Luton

Now we have entered the final 100 days of the election I will be sharing a weekly digest of my previous weeks activities. It’s been another busy week. I have been out and about campaigning, responding to resident enquiries, discussing opportunities for Luton with senior Conservatives and phone canvassing too. Below is just a small […]

Dean Russell Selected As Luton North Parliamentary Candidate

Luton North Parliamentary Candidate

I am proud to be selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Luton North. I will be updating my progress and activities on The Russell Review over the coming months. The official press release is provided below from the Luton Conservative Association – where I’ll be spending a lot of time from now on! **** Press […]

Thanks First Capital Connect – you listened!

Back in January I wrote a concerned blog post ‘An open call: trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids‘. It was a public request to train operators (especially First Capital Connect) to improve how they safeguard children commuting during disruptions to service. Following a huge amount of public support, I was able to raise the issue directly with First Capital […]

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Tech & Social Review: Omnicom-Publicis – the ego of the oligarchs

My top pick today is the coverage around the breakdown of the Omnicom-Publicis deal. As a former Omnicom employee (a Director at Fleishman Hillard), the original news of these two behemoths coming together was quite a surprise (as it was for the Omnicom & Publicis agencies too!). In any other industry it wouldn’t be allowed – an incredibly […]

#BringBackOurGirls

Tech & Social Review: Why we cannot ignore #BringBackOurGirls

My top pick today is the piece in TIME discussing the role of the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign to raise awareness of the horrific kidnapping of 300 girls in Nigeria. The article highlights the importance of social media in driving up the pressure to find these innocent young girls. The key take out is the […]

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Tech & social headlines: Social media & stigma of mental health

The top pick today is a piece in Huffington Post asking if social media dependence has links to mental health issues. In my work as the chair of a health & wellbeing partnership, I came to appreciate the inherent challenges of mental health – both for individuals and the organisations attempting to provide support. Mental health […]

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Tech & social headlines: How social media has changed Journalism

My top pick is the Washington Post article on research into U.S. journalists usage of social media. For those of us working in PR & Comms it comes as no surprise that social media has revolutionised the way stories are both sourced and reported. For communications agencies, the report reaffirms the need to shift towards Influencer Relations. A huge growth area and […]

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Tech & Social Headlines: Big Data Warning to Obama

My top pick today is the MIT piece on the 5 Big Data warnings to President Obama from experts. It picks up on previous topics in my posts; technology is moving quicker than society can keep up.  The key recommendations are to improve legislation around technology and data – summed up by this quote from the […]

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Tech & social headlines: Potential breakthrough in 5G

My top pick has to be CNN’s piece that researchers are working on 5G wireless technology that can carry 100 times more data. Whilst the article focuses on the technological impact, the real benefit has to be to mobility across society. A super-speed 5G network may be the final piece in the puzzle to free-up workforces […]

Tech & social headlines: Top tools for budding social media experts

Two great ‘How to’ articles for my top picks. The FastCompany article provides an exhaustive review of some of the most popular social media tools around. Technorati provides a behind the scenes look at modern social media. So not much more to say  – other than check them out… Top picks: FactCompany: The definitive guide to social media tools for […]

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Tech & Social Headlines: UK 9th in Global Networked Readiness Index

Two headlines stand out today. Both connected by a similar theme around haves and have-nots. They highlight the need for us to be fully cognisant of the world we are creating through technology and the potential impact on people across the world. The first piece, a US White House report, identifies potential for discrimination in big data usage. The full report […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: It’s good to talk

My top pick today is a touching piece in The Atlantic about how we grieve on social media. It provides an important reminder that despite the diversity of technology around us, the core benefit is to bring us all closer together. One particular quote on social media stood out:  “fomenting the grieving process…it sets it within the context of a community that […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: Has the race begun for our health data?

My top pick today is the news Facebook has bought the  fitness tracking App, Moves. I wrote about the App earlier this year in my post ‘Me, My (Quantified) Self & I‘. Whilst I’d like to think Mark Zuckerberg must have read my positive comments leading to this decision (as if!). I do think this could signal a new race for ownership […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: Content is (still) king, long live the king

Two digital marketing how-to guides in my top picks today. The first from FastCompany provides an exhaustive list of tips and examples for any business to ‘find their voice’. The underlying message that comes across is around content. Good content is often the difference that makes the difference; from storytelling to refining your brand ‘voice’, it is a […]

Daily social & tech headlines: Bullied teachers and the rise of anonymity

 “We don’t need no education” – Pink Floyd, The Wall I’m showing my age, but when I was at school we wouldn’t dare talk back to a teacher, never-mind try to bully them. Which is why my top pick today is so disconcerting. The UK’s ‘Independent’ newspaper reports that 21% of 7,500 teachers polled have been bullied by pupils […]

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Daily Social & Tech Headlines: Robots, driverless cars and solar panelled roads

Just one top pick today. It’s from Wired showing Honda’s latest humanoid robot. Whilst it would be easy to make wisecracks asking why we need a robot to kick a football or open a jar, the reality is this is really impressive engineering. The bigger question is what this really means for our future. With other news covering driverless cars and solar panelled roads, one has […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: The fear factor

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ― George Orwell, 1984 ‘Fear’ best sums up today’s top picks. It arises from three different perspectives. The first pick is a piece from the Washington Post which looks at individual’s fears around big data, or more accurately, erosion of privacy. Vivek Wadwa […]

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Daily social & tech headlines

My top picks have a similar theme – what could, or should, the future look like? The Guardian provides a series of interesting quotes on how and why big data could shape public services. The opportunity is best summarised by Tom Heath, head of research at the Open Data Institute “Data can enable government to do existing things […]

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Daily social & tech headlines

The  hashtag had a dramatic makeover today. Twitter and Sky have announced tweets containing the ‘#Watchonsky’ hashtag can be expanded to reveal Watch and Record icons that link directly to Sky’s mobile TV service Sky Go. As they put it, “a British broadcaster has created a service which lets users access live TV and set recordings via […]