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I am one of the increasing numbers of people who now use ad-blockers on all my devices. The number of sites that I now visit that ask me to subscribe or be blocked from their site is increasing at a significant rate. So, for the last month, I’ve looked at the personal implications of finding myself unable to access an increasing part of the internet.
It is over 20 years ago that the first call was made for the UK to roll out a universal fibre network as a backbone for the 21st century economy. Today, as far as FTTH is concerned the UK doesn’t appear anywhere on the international statistics.
One of Peter Drucker’s important insights into the barriers and opportunities for innovation was to look for the unexpected, be it good or bad. As humans we have a strong tendency to ignore or reject evidence that jars with or contradicts our world view.
The withdrawal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a major news story. I have tremendous respect for Samsung and in the circumstances their behaviour, faced with the battery fire problems, has been highly professional.
Shortly after the referendum result I posted on the issue of government IT systems and the transition to the new EU relationship. Since then I’ve spoken to a lot of people in the UK and in the EU about the specific issues for the IT sectors.
I have used the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing to read more about him and his work. I confess that I’ve found him a far more interesting and vivid character than the ‘tragic genius’ motif would allow for.
As we approach Christmas, a little nostalgia, in order to look forward. If you are old enough to remember Morecambe and Wise, think of one example of their humour. If not, ask someone over 55.
Welcome to 2017. 2016 was an interesting year, wasn’t it? The consequences of last year’s decisions on Brexit/Trump may well dominate 2017 and the impact on the IT industry of a retreat from globalisation is an area of much uncertainty.
Make a list of all the things you like about the internet (Wikipedia, search, social media...) and then make a list of the things you don’t like (child exploitation, cybersecurity, surveillance...). Of course you may want to put some things, or different aspects say of social media on both sides. So, on balance is the internet a good thing?
‘We have a communication problem’ - it’s a lament I’ve heard constantly throughout my career.

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