Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category


Can we really control the tech giants?

May 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports Matt Hancock has said that the Government will enact legislation to control social media firms and online abuse but, in a television interview this weekend, he admitted: When he called in representatives of 14 leading Internet companies to discuss his concerns, only four turned up. […]

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Liberal Democrat leader calls for tech giants to be broken up

April 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has called for Google, Amazon and Facebook to be broken up, comparing them to US oil monopolies that exploited their market power more than a century ago. In an under-reported speech, Cable said recent scandals including the Facebook Cambridge Analytica revelations meant the tech giants had “progressed from heroes to […]

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The Internet in China

February 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I have just returned from a two-week visit to China – my fourth trip the country. In China, most web sites – including my own and usually the BBC – are usually accessible but over 3,000 sites are blocked including the American tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook – what is often called the Great […]

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What has caused this growing tech-lash?

February 7th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It seems as if almost every day there is a story expressing concern about some aspect of the Net and attacking the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon. Why is this? “Governments are concerned that they are not paying their fair share of taxes in the countries where they generate the most revenues; regulators are […]

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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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