Letter: Encouraging civility in online debate

Jonathan Freedland recently addressed the issue of civility in online debate (The blogosphere risks putting off everyone but point-scoring males, Comment, Guardian, April 11, 2007). In his considered reflections on democracy and online debate, Freedland is right to note that “the more democratic encounter is the meeting properly chaired, allowing everyone their say”. Media and […]

Quoted on technology adoption in The Economist

The Economist’s Technology Quarterly addressed the way Camera-phones were being used for more than just taking pictures  (MONITOR – Phones with eyes, Technology Quarterly, The Economist, Mar 12th 2005). I was quoted by author Duncan Graham-Rowe: It might not be what the mobile operators had in mind when they launched their picture-messaging services, but it does […]

Letter: In defence of the Design Museum

The objections of Terence Conran, prompted by James Dyson’s resignation, to trends in the Design Museum’s programme (Guardian, Letters, ‘Concepts of design’ October 5, 2004, in response to ‘Dyson resigns seat at Design Museum’ Jonathan Glancey, Guardian, September 28, 2004) are quite understandable and correct. However, the Design Museum is being pushed in its current direction […]

TV and telephony aren’t new ideas

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2004/mar/27/guardianleaders.onlinesupplement As usual, the discussion of broadband in the Guardian leads to more BT bashing (Letters: Slowed down by having to dial up, Guardian, March 30 2004). But where are the inspiring and imaginative ideas for the use of always-on broadband? The best the Guardian Leader that prompted the debate (Leader: Revolutions in waiting, March […]

Enough bandwidth already

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2003/dec/31/comment.comment Not so long ago BT was being bashed for not making broadband widely enough available. Now that it appears to have got its act together the stakes are raised to cabling the country with fibre (Leaders: Show some fibre, December 31, 2003). Of course, this is desirable and logical. But let’s get our priorities […]