Monthly Archives: December 2006

From the archive…

I wrote and published this on my blog in September 2003, over three  years ago, and came across it while rebuilding my home page today. I think it is even more relevant now. In February I wrote a column for … Continue reading

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Living in the wired world

[As ever, you can read a slightly shorter version of this on the BBC News website] Anyone who has been online for some years, as I have been, should have felt remarkably smug this year as the Internet and all … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Originally uploaded by BillT. Sitting talking to Anne at home last night when Lili took this…

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Welcome to the new economy…

This year there has been remarkably little fuss made over the continued growth of online shopping for Christmas presents, perhaps because we’ve finally reached the point where it is just a normal part of our lives. After years of effusive … Continue reading

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Have yourself a carbon-wasting Christmas…

This Christmas period offices will be empty of staff as the country shuts down for the extended celebration that has become the norm over the last few years. Many staff will head home from work on Friday 22nd, not to … Continue reading

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Why standards matter

On Thursday I’m heading down to London to attend the IEC Centenary Challenge Awards at the IET building on Savoy Place – just at the back of the better-known hotel -and give a talk about why standards matter. It should … Continue reading

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Who criticises the critics?

According to Nick Carr: Jon Pareles, the New York Times rock critic, has a nicely balanced piece today surveying the various crosscurrents roiling today’s media markets… Yet over at Buzzmachine, Jeff Jarvis weighs has a different take, castigating Pareles for … Continue reading

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Corby

Corby, a steel town in the middle of Northamptonshire, has been getting some attention recently. Graham Williams’ YouTube documentary, ‘corby, welcome to hell‘ is five minutes of despair, while The Guardian ran a two-page spread in which the town is … Continue reading

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Getting the balance right – more on Gowers

[Also to be found on the BBC Website later today] For anyone with an interest in copyright, patents, trademarks and the panoply of laws, licenses and regulations surrounding intellectual property the publication of Andrew Gowers’ ‘Review of Intellectual Property’ was … Continue reading

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Sound recording copyright

One of the big fights was over proposals to extend the copyright protection for sound recordings from 50 years. The idea is comprehensively demolished in Gowers: 4.26 But the fairness argument applies to society as a whole. Copyright can be … Continue reading

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