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The Computing and Telecommunications industries are heavy investors in R&D in reducing the carbon footprint of the IT estate itself. However, the rate of deployment of IT shows still that energy consumption and heat output are still rising. Computers contribute around 2% of carbon output globally. We need to do more and the industry is playing a significant part.­­
In Futures work it is important that we are clear about the type of future we are discussing.
Over the last few years there has been much talk and policy development around the notions of media literacy and information literacy. Within this arena, our ability to access and navigate vast data spaces has created giant companies with powerful brands.
Recently I returned from a trip abroad and switched on my PC. After only 8 days away the number of components needing updating (Windows / Office / Norton / Adobe / HP / Safari / iTunes..) combined to break my personal record.
The world became a sadder place on 11 May 2001, with the death of the much loved Douglas Adams at the age of 49.
Continuing a theme from my last post, I had the great pleasure to be at the launch of the British Library’s Science Fiction exhibition, Out of this World.
Financial Services is one of the most important sectors for investment in IT. It employs a very large number of skilled individuals and makes a huge impact on the UK and global economy for good or ill.
Like many admirers of Apple, I hope that Steve Jobs can find strength and courage and some luck in his fight against cancer. I wish him well.
To Death and Taxes, we can now add data as a third factor that is always with us. In our digital era, supermarkets use loyalty cards to keep data on our purchases. Web sites track our interests to target adverts at us and we hand over data rights to social media companies.
So, NHS NPfIT / CfH is put out of its misery. I come to bury it not to praise it. There have many enquiries and reports on the NHS IT programme. Its scope, procurement and management have been put under the microscope over 10 years.

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