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It will take something quite remarkable to take Brexit from the top domestic headlines of 2018. I’ve recently returned from a two-week holiday which included a digital detox. Looking at the work-related emails, two topics dominated: Brexit and GDPR (around 40% each with overlap).
Back in early 1996, the then PM John major announced IT for All. Now in 2009 in the UK we still have 17m people not benefitting directly from digital technologies. A recent experience of mine has caused me to reflect on how we proceed to eliminate this digital divide.
One of the great claims for web technologies is that they enable greater transparency and scrutiny of the powerful, by open access to data. This transparency is in itself, it is often argued, an unalloyed public good.
In the category of 'books I wish I had written', the book that this post is titled for by Richard and Daniel Susskind, father and son, comes very high on the list.
I'm not sure that the late Freddy Mercury was thinking about web 2.0 when he sang those words. The song came on the radio as I finished reading Wired's Chris Anderson's new book "FREE" and Malcolm Gladwell's review.
One of the astonishing features of the developments in ICTs has been how smooth the technology development appears. The eponymous Moore’s Law has worked for over 40 years. There have been many hiccups and dead end technologies along the way but at a macro level the industry has evolved amazing smoothly. It feels a lot different at the micro level, but that’s a different story.

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