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Britiish Intelligence
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British Intelligence make heavy rock, metal, punk, industrial, hip hop and breaks influenced music with rap vocals and scratch djing. A 6-piece live band, they push the proverbial genre boundaries fusing guitars with dysfunctional hip hop and dance beats and often-polemical rap to create a 100 db wall-of-sound. Think Nine Inch Nails meets Rage against the Machine and has The Prodigy’s mutant spawn adopted by Public Enemy.

The sound of today is anything goes and British Intelligence have this in spades, the cumulative effect of 6 lads from the south-east with a shared musical heritage of acid house, rave, rock and hip hop. B. I. have a sound that isn’t quite definable, a post-ecstasy culture collision of dance floor energy, rock ‘n’ roll and rap, a fusion of US and UK influences, UK politics, extremely loud, and yet strangely likeable by everyone.

Established breaks and house producer Steve Lavers already had Essential New Tunes, a world-wide house hit and scores of releases and remixes under his belt when he decided to pick up the guitar again at a time when live music was about to retake the crown. Rapper Jay Aldridge who had come out of the dnb rave scene in the 90s joined Steve in the North London studio 4 years ago, fresh back from some years living in Toronto where he’d developed his particular flow, and spit lyrics about clubbing, growing up on a London council estate, and the state of the UK today. Fast forward a couple of years, add in king-size bass and beats from Essex-based Tim Jackson and Steve Wilson, Lavers’ guitar and studio production wizardry, Leon backing up his brother Jay on vocals, and hip hop flavour from danny bounce and you have the complete incendiary live experience of British Intelligence.

This past year has been all about little steps and big changes: from the gig circuit in Essex and London and promoting their own showcase ‘Box-850’ nights in Chelmsford’s live scene, fine-tuning an album of material and debut single ‘Street Fight’, and putting out the mixtape picked up on by Living Colour’s Vernon Reid they’ve since gone on to get themselves a music award nomination, support from BBC Essex and been selected for the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival 2009.

Débat du réseau intelligence de la complexité
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Débat du réseau intelligence de la complexité : reliance des connaissances et des actions. Voir sur GoogleMaps

Native Intelligence
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Native Intelligence, Malama Maui tour, Maui Visitors Bureau. Photography by Peter Liu (@PeterLiu47)

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Science Fiction Short Story Anthology Focuses On Digital Distribution

Lasalle, Ontario (PRWEB) June 13, 2011

First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1 now available in digital format from Digital Science Fiction, an online publisher of science fiction short stories. First Contact includes ten science fiction stories with exciting and novel content, and a genuine literary quality. In selecting the tales for First Contact, Digital Science Fiction looked for stories that not only entertain but offer something extra as well: an aesthetic pleasure, a beauty, or a thought-provoking quality that renders them timeless.

Digital Science Fiction publishes a monthly anthology of compelling science fiction short stories from professional writers. Digital Science Fiction anthologies are directed toward a mature readership. While the publisher’s home base is Ontario, Canada, the artists, editors, designers, and of course the authors, hail from around the world. A new Digital Science Fiction anthology is released each month through popular eBook formats and in traditional print.

First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1 was launched with a primary focus on digital distribution. While this anthology of science fiction short stories will be available as a traditional print book, new releases, including First Contact, go to popular digital distribution sites first. All available eBook formats are supported with each digital book launch. This provides a very short time to market and an instantaneous world-wide availability with each new anthology.

First Contact is the premier anthology release from Digital Science Fiction. Company President, Michael Wills, says,

?Our choice of the title First Contact was originally intended as a theme, but the rich range of stories received for consideration made it clear that the theme approach was too narrow. So we expanded the topics of the science fiction tales included but kept the title anyway, to represent our introductory anthology edition, since we are a company new in the field of science fiction publishing.?

First Contact is available in digital format for $ 3.99 USD from Amazon, Smashwords, and other popular digital distribution venues.

About Digital Science Fiction

Digital Science Fiction publishes a monthly anthology of compelling science fiction short stories from professional writers. For more information about First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1, please visit or contact Michael Wills at 519-981-6307, or by email at michael(at)digitalsciencefiction(dot)com.

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Added to that are more than 200 vendors of Social Media Monitoring solutions that have emerged to help companies to do just that. Which solution is best? We ask Ville Vanhala, Senior Vice President of Information Resources at GIA for his thoughts on the subject.

“In many organizations, the corporate communications team or some brand managers will already have a Social Media Monitoring solution in use, provided by communications agencies or e-marketing consultants, for example. The focus there will be on measuring how the company’s brands are discussed and how marketing messages are reaching target audiences.

Market Intelligence users however have their own specific needs – to monitor topics in social media far beyond just following how a company’s own brand is being discussed by consumers.”

“When communications agencies or e-marketing consultants monitor social media, the type of information they provide will show, for instance, changes in the amount of discussion about a brand, the sentiment of discussion – positive or negative – and shares of voice. An example would be how much a brand is discussed compared to other brands.

When Social Media Monitoring is conducted for market intelligence, you take on a broader perspective.

For example, you can monitor whether online discussions are in line with your intended product positioning. How do product users perceive features of your product and competing products? Are intended or unintended user segments actively discussing your product? Are new product features being favorably perceived? What are opinion leaders saying? Are industry journalists and analysts blogging in a favorable tone about the competition or about your company? Who are the product influencers in driving adoption for new products and services?

In which networks or forums are product users expressing new ideas about desired features? What do they think about where the industry is headed with the next wave of products?”

“You can monitor signals to confirm or challenge anticipated market trends. For example, are companies promoting green technologies highly favoured? Or is touch screen technology becoming a “must have” in new product categories?

Alternatively, you can check if public opinion is turning in favor for or against a chosen business model. For example, is there a strong debate gaining momentum to question the feasibility of production plants in certain locations? Or how are people accepting the use of ads to support an online product? Or how are customers reacting to  personnel with a foreign accent in telephone support?

You can also gain insights into the regional differences in market maturity. For example, are there discussions in certain markets indicating a higher preference for personal service?”

“Anyone along the value chain can benefit.

Take Supply Chain Management for example. You can monitor any online discussion about questionable practices at key supplier sites or a company’s undesirable political connections. How are new suppliers being discussed about in their country?

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“The first step of course, is to understand the organization’s unique market and competitive intelligence needs and consider how social media sources can offer additional intelligence to respond to those needs.

As mentioned earlier, there are many social media monitoring solutions out there. Most tools allow you to be quickly alerted of new discussions and important posts. And most solutions can be used to deliver weekly or monthly analytical reports that summarize the trends and themes developing in the social media space related to your industry. Thousands of items can be analyzed on a monthly basis.

However, many tools are geared towards support for marketing or corporate communications and are mainly focused on monitoring one or a few brands.

You need to evaluate if any single monitoring tool offers the full scope of monitoring and analytics you need for your broader market intelligence perspective. You may end up concluding that you need your market intelligence consultants or your internal analysts to choose the best tools for your needs and then work with a combination of tools and human interpretation to derive the real insights you need from social media.”

Author: Hans Hedin, Vice President, Business Development, Global Intelligence Alliance

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