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New fun and new names

If you’ve nothing else to do over the Easter break – well, it’s a break here in the UK – then can I suggest checking out some things I’m currently involved with: The Songs of Imagination and Digitisation project, at … Continue reading

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Remembering my old teacher on Ada Lovelace Day

This blog post has been written to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, “an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology”. You can find more blog posts at the Ada Lovelace Day Collection. Martin Belam has a … Continue reading

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Take Two Steps Back: A Society Gets the Journalism it Deserves

[This is a response in part to Clay Shirky’s recent essay, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.  Update: Jemimah Knigh has a lovely meditation on the past and future of papers on her blog.] When printing with movable type was introduced … Continue reading

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Lift09

I’m lucky enough to be in Geneva today at the simply wonderful Lift09, where I’ve met lots of great people – old and new friends – and been stimulated, entertained and surprised. I gave a short talk at lunchtime, and … Continue reading

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Why we need to stop the data retention proposals

I’ve just had this article posted on the Index on Censorship site ..we need to stand up against the plans because even if the current proposals can be justified as a proportionate measure –– and remember that only details of … Continue reading

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Facebook foolishness

I like Facebook, and I use it a lot, but I don’t trust random applications that ask for access to my profile data or want to be able to post on my Wall, so I don’t add them even when … Continue reading

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Home Life

We had a visit from Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent, yesterday – they wanted to film my home network setup for an internal BBC presentation and talk to me and the boy about the future of television. Rory also blogged … Continue reading

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Grimpen Mire

A while back I wrote a column about cloud computing in which I noted that the physical location our online services still matters, and commented that: In the real world national borders, commercial rivalries and political imperatives all come into … Continue reading

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More from Free Thinking in Liverpool

Ian McMillan introduces the thinkers speed dating event

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Is Privacy Dead?

I’m in the bar at FACT in Liverpool having just had an excellent time debating privacy with Jeffrey Rosen, Jonathan Sawday and Sonia Livingstone, expertly chaired by Philip Dodd. It’s part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival and will be … Continue reading

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