Technology

More women need mobile phones in emerging economies

March 5, 2014

Julia Hobsbawm, a Professor of Networking no less, invited me to the Connected Women Summit, where I expected to find a bunch of high powered women discussing how to become even more so. There were plenty of those, but the conference had absolutely nothing to do with Londonistas and everything to do with helping women in the emerging world. Anyone who has travelled in India, Anatolia, Africa and South Asia knows that there is no lack of people with handsets glued to their ears, but there are 300 million fewer women with mobile... More

How to rescue your waterlogged iPhone

February 19, 2014

Last weekend I fell in the canal with my iPhone in the back pocket of my jeans. We'll cut quickly to the lessons learned. These are: 1. Don't try and rescue someone else who has slipped off the muddy towpath unless you are certain that you won't do the same. The old(er) guy who fell in trying to stop his Bill Sykes bull terrier from worrying the swans was deceptively heavy, panicky and I am not as strong or agile as I imagined. The river/canal bank is deceptively treacherous at... More

Big Data, the Brave New World After Tim Berners-Lee

February 3, 2014

Karl Marx viewed the 1849 Gold Rush, which caused the largest land migration in America’s history, as important as the discovery of America itself. He was right, but in ways he could not have imagined. The vast majority of goldbugs found nothing except California, but gave the world Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Motion pictures and TV gave seeming substance to the American Way, rewrote history and sold the American Dream as an aspiration and fact to the US and to the rest. Later, Silicon Valley gave substance to the digital economy, which now gives its... More