Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category


Is it time to control the tech giants?

November 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Five behemoths bestride the Internet world. They are Amazon, Apple, Alphabet (owners of Google), Facebook and Microsoft – all American-owned and all simply enormous. Do you have any idea what these companies are worth? Do you realise the reach of their operations? Do you think that governments and regulators need to do more to control […]

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What is this thing called the Internet of Things?

June 20th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

You might have heard of something called the Internet of Things or IoT. You might have wondered what it’s all about. My 94th column on IT issues looks at the current state of IoT in the UK and beyond. You can read this short piece here.

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What do you think is the most popular section of my web site? It’s quite a story.

March 7th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

My web site – including my two blogs – receives around 4,000 visits a day or 120,000 a month or almost 1.5M a year. The blogs are actually the most popular locations, but which section on the actual web site do you think is the most visited? It is, in fact, the section titled “Stories […]

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Ever heard of the Internet of Wings?

February 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

You may have heard of the Internet of Things – the connection of millions and millions of devices through the Net. Now let me introduce you to a project sometimes dubbed the Internet of Wings but properly called ICARUS. ICARUS is short for ‘International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space’ and it is a global […]

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How the Internet is changing lives, one person at a time – now a total of 2 million and counting …

February 4th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Although I am (somehow) 68, I continue to work part-time through a portfolio of appointments. One of the most satisfying is my my position as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Good Things Foundation (formerly the Tinder Foundation). This great organisation supports a network of some 5,000 centres UK-wide which supports digital inclusion […]

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Have we lost control of the Net?

November 16th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

It may be that we never really had control but, in the last few months, there have been some major danger signs that control is becoming less and less meaningful. That’s not a reason not to use the Net, but it is certainly a reason for Governments, companies and end users to be really careful […]

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Was the pound’s flash crash caused by an algo?

October 8th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

The financial markets are a world unto themselves that ordinary people simply cannot understand – but we are all affected by movements in currencies and shares whether buying foreign currency for a holiday abroad or trying to maintain the value of our savings or pensions. So this week’s experience of the value of the pound […]

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The day they invented the Internet

August 27th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

“If you had walked into Rossotti’s beer garden on 27 August 1976, you would have seen the following: seven men and one woman at a table, hovering around a computer terminal, the woman typing. A pair of cables ran from the terminal to the parking lot, disappearing into a big grey van. Inside the van […]

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What is the name of your organisation’s Intranet?

August 3rd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Many organisations have an Intranet and give some thought as to what to call it. I do some work with South East Water and learned recently that they call their Intranet Gurgle. I though that this was a clever name. It is a play on the name of the web search engine Google; it is a […]

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Does the Internet of Things mean we’ll never be left to our own devices?

May 18th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Following very interesting discussions about the Internet of Things (IoT) at both the Essential Services Access Network (ESAN) and the Consumer Forum for Communications (CFC), both of which I chair, my colleague Claire Milne organised a small seminar at the London School of Economics (LSE) for a group of us especially concerned about the impact […]

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