May 06, 2003
BBC to Britons: Say "iCan"

Wired News is reporting that the BBC is preparing a new set of online tools to foster grassroots activism among Britons. The suite, dubbed “iCan”, will include local and national public fora along with a “democracy database” to help subjects (wow, that sounds archaic, but as far as I know that’s what Britons still are) British citizens (thanks to reader Stuart, who gave a great link clarifying the “subjects” vs. “citizens” issue in the comments) educate themselves on issues and the legislative process. As people start to use the system, the BBC will in turn watch it for potential stories they can run through their various outlets (TV, radio, Web).

This is a very interesting development — the Beeb’s coverage of the Iraq war was of the highest quality, much better than the reporting we got from most American outlets, so any new initiative they undertake is one that I’ll be watching with great interest. They’re keeping the details of “iCan” under wraps at the moment, so it’s hard to say what shape it will take, but as they emerge AEV will pass them along. [Seen on Smart Mobs]

Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at May 06, 2003

moie website

Posted by: on May 6, 2003 12:32 PM

The BBC allowing anybody to campaign freely against the government that owns them? As if!

Posted by: Richard on October 25, 2003 12:58 PM

Here's some info on iCAN's 'impartiality'

Posted by: The Tapir on November 7, 2003 5:42 AM

I would like to say that according to my passport I am a British citizen. As far as I know, from 1 January 1949 (British Nationality Act 1948) until 1st January 1983 (British Nationality Act 1981), both the terms British citizen and British subject were used. The term British subject was dropped from 1st January 1983.

Posted by: Stuart on April 25, 2004 10:15 AM

Thanks for the clarification, Stuart!

Posted by: Jason Lefkowitz on April 25, 2004 10:58 AM
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