Some Interesting News Articles
Last edit: Nov 2005

New World Wide Web Emerging - Meet the New Network
25th Nov 2005
The days of convergence are upon us. The trend towards the merging of media via the Internet is already causing significant cultural shifts

The virtue of being virtual
25th Nov 2005
When up and coming companies in industries as diverse as the advertising world and the legal and pharmaceutical sectors decide to rethink their entire way of working, the rest of the business world should assume a heightened state of alert

Analysis: Back on the broadband wagon
3rd May 2005
ADSL2+ might be making the headlines, but Britain isn't catching up with the leading broadband nations, reports Stephen Bruce.

To infinity and beyond
November 20, 2003
Ashley Norris logs on to the new Wi-Fi zone in London and looks at how innovative companies are developing signals in some unlikely places around the UK. (Plus useful links)

Keep up with public wireless dangers and Wi-Fi security standards
August 11, 2003
Malicious intruders plus vulnerable networks and buggy software equals a security nightmare.

All the write stuff
November 20, 2003
Keyboards may be faster but pens just won't go away. Mary Branscombe looks at the latest versions of the oldest writing tool

Nigerian email conmen fall into their targets' net
November 16, 2003
Fed up with having their inboxes clogged with emails from Nigerian fraudsters promising untold riches, the victims are finally hitting back.

Buying a name you can trust
November 28, 2002
Registering a web domain name is easy enough, but it is vital to check out managers' level of service.

Stumbling blocks
November 20, 2003
British organisations are failing to get real productivity gains from the 50bn they spend every year on information and communications technologies (ICT) .. ICT can deliver a potential five to seven-fold return on investment

Net booms in Kabul
October 16, 2003
In a country with precious little infrastructure, wireless technology is helping Afghans develop their economy

Taking talk to bits
October 2, 2003
Some boroughs have already switched to internet-based phones. But has the technology improved sufficiently to encourage more to follow suit?

Burning issue finally prompts label action
April 25, 2003
Thanks to the internet, the music industry has changed, but it has taken a long time for the major labels to wake up to the fact, says Paul Myers

The Great Firewall of China
April 25, 2003
China wants to take advantage of the commercial benefits of the internet but is determined to block citizens' access to 'subversive' material, writes Staffan Thorsell

High rise hi-tech
Sean Dodson October 31, 2002
Betty Williams, 84, is one of the trailblazers for a broadband revolution in Britain's poorest estates

Links to the future
April 1, 2003
Changing net technologies serve to keep the medium useful, relevant and interesting, argues Steve Bowbrick As we become more dependent on the internet, the literal fabric of our networked lives, from the websites we depend on, to the emerging wireless infrastructure, to the social tools we use, is getting richer, more meaningful and more tightly woven.

Digital revolution is still on fast forward
Neil Blackley April 1, 2003 The Guardian
The convergence party hasn't been cancelled, only postponed.

Working the web: Student rations
SA Mathieson January 24, 2002
Do you buy that essential textbook, or spend your last fiver in the pub? You can do both if you work the web.

People need banking - not banks
Roger Willcocks October 19, 2000 The Guardian
The web is changing the way we manage our wealth - but not fast enough ..

Keeping the faith
Dave Birch October 24, 2002 The Guardian
Money is the key to m-shopping success.

Net Porn
Decca Aitkenhead March 30, 2003 The Observer
Millions of men log on to adult sex sites every day. With unlimited porn just a click away, cybersex is changing the way men view real women. But what happens to their emotions when the screen shuts down?

Why sex still leads the net
Sara Gaines February 28, 2002
Porn websites are making millions. Now mainstream dot.coms are asking them for advice.

State steps into breach
Michael Cross April 3, 2003
Local authorities are proving to be the unlikely saviours of broadband access in the absence of private investment

Government in free-for-all
S A Mathieson April 3, 2003
Ministries are beginning to wake up to the obvious value of open source software

Getting the cold shoulder
Mike Butcher April 3, 2003
A new report into how people really use mobiles has shed some light on the slow take-up of 3G phones, explains

Public Domain
Michael Cross April 3, 2003
Britain's doctors are about to announce a breakthrough. They have agreed on what information should go into our online medical records.

Virtual reality
Simon Bisson April 3, 2003
.. virtual servers could give ageing applications and out-of-date operating systems a new lease of life.

A spammer in the works
Jack Schofield February 27 2003
Today, there is no way to stop spam. However, the flood can be reduced to a trickle with a little effort. We still need changes in the law to make spamming illegal, changes in ISP behaviour - they can filter email before it reaches users - but free soft ...

Spam, spam, spam and spam? Not for much longer
Richard Wray March 27, 2003 The Guardian
The government is planning a clampdown on e-mail spam, demanding that companies obtain consumers' permission before sending them marketing material via the internet

Google is the net dominator
Simon Waldman February 27 2003
Google's acquisition of Blogger was smart. Very smart. In fact, the more you look at it, the smarter it seems and the more potential it offers for both partners.

Mail out of order
Neil McIntosh February 27 2003
Golden beaches, palm tree-lined streets, manicured golf courses and giant motor yachts moored at the marinas: Boca Raton in Florida is a millionaire's paradise. It's also the spam capital of the world.

The Surveillance Society
Minnesota Public Radio
8 articles

Setting your sites too high
Wale Azeez, January 31 2002
Online business (may be broken link)
The net that gives you a little extra
Guy Clapperton, January 31 2002
Extranets. (may be broken link)

E-money gets a jumpstart
Dave Birch Thursday April 25, 2002 The Guardian
How you can mint your own digital money.

Working the web: Authorship
Heather Welford, December 13 2001
From learning the craft to publishing and competitions, the web has it all for the aspiring writer

Sound surfing sense
Edward Helmore, December 13 2001
After three years of rancour, lawsuits, ego-wars and secretive preparations, the first two of what could become half a dozen industry-backed commercial online music sites were launched last week.
 

How to stay above the rest
Jack Schofield, December 06 2001
Just when many people are starting to think about getting broadband access to the internet, about 10 times faster than using a modem, manufacturers are planning to introduce technologies that are a hundred times faster.

The race for a new internet
Sean Dodson, November 08 2001
There is another internet - already operational - where users are receiving connections up to 100 times faster than people at home.

A dream dies
November 08 2001
On the 50th anniversary of the first commercial mainframe, Guy Kewney laments its disappearance

Eagerly awaiting the next big thing
Guy Clapperton, November 28 2002
Trends in the use of IT by small businesses never develop at the pace we expect. Guy Clapperton picks out the hits and misses in predictions over the past year and asks just what might change our lives next

Be always on your guard
Guy Clapperton, November 28 2002
An always-on broadband connection is fantastic for business, but could also be an open door to hackers. That means firewall and anti-virus software that is properly configured is vital

New surfers' paradise
Walé Azeez, November 28 2002
Though famous for its tourist destinations, Cornwall has a rich technological heritage. Now, backed by EU funds, it is expanding its broadband access and attracting new businesses

Putting the 'wow' back into e-learning
Justin Hunt, November 28 2002
Online training packages are renowned for their dullness, with the result that many are never completed. Broadband's ability to deliver much richer interactive content should not be wasted

DIY revolution ... for some
Guy Clapperton, November 28 2002
The self-install option for broadband has made it quicker, cheaper and easier than ever to get connected. All the more frustrating, then, for those businesses not in broadband areas

Web masters
John Naughton, December 15 2002
Four years ago, two students wanted to make searching the web a bit easier. Now their brainchild is the smartest thing on the planet and can tell you anything you want to know

Shop tactics
Nick Clayton, November 28 2002
From drugs to jackets, big brands are tracking down those who illegitimately sell off their goods at bargain prices on the 'underweb'.

E-gov at the ready
Michael Cross, November 21 2002
Citizens have scored higher than government in a global study of IT readiness

Working the web: Scams
Lucy Farmer, November 21 2002
It's not every day that close relatives of notorious dictators communicate with my computer, certainly not twice in one day.

The 10 commandments of website design
Matt Haig , September 14 2000

An easier way to turn clicks to cash
Simon Bisson, September 14 2000
Bringing the e-commerce revolution to your small business is now easier than ever before, thanks to a host of new applications and online service providers

Why the net is not invited to Sydney
Sean Dodson and Patrick Barkham, September 14 2000
Olympic organisers are clamping down on any websites that are connected to the five ring circus - and some that are not, report Sean Dodson and Patrick Barkham in Sydney

Revealed: the secret code that split the security world
Karlin Lillington, September 28 2000

Microsoft accuses BT of spoiling tactics in high speed web roll-out
Rob Griffin, September 28 2000
Microsoft yesterday launched a stinging attack on BT, accusing the former state-owned monoply of spoiling the rapid roll out of high speed web connections.
 

E-government still on target
Alex Allan, September 28 2000

The PC's silver jubilee
September 28 2000
The revolution that is still shaking the world began 25 years ago. Jack Schofield looks at the way Bill Gates and others humbled IBM

Eggers revolution chills US publishers
Lawrence Donegan, September 22 2002
Bestselling author's move to overthrow conventions of the book trade

The revolution in your pocket
John Arlidge, September 22 2002
First it was voice calls, then text. Now, it's sending pictures. A huge marketing campaign promises this will change the world. But will it be for the better?
 

Drive me crazy
Neil McIntosh, March 28 2002
Voice dialling, directions and local info all via your dash-board.

Chart topper
Jack Schofield, March 28 2002
Walking down a city street, your mobile phone rings with a warning. You are getting too close to a high-crime area, as a quick glance at the mugging rate on the screen's 3D city map reveals, and the automated system offers better directions to ....

On Her Majesty's Servers
David Walker, April 25 2002
on the hits and misses of the government's mission to put public services online

E-money gets a jumpstart
Dave Birch, April 25 2002
How you can mint your own digital money

Blair's £40bn gamble on IT
April 25, 2002
Last week's budget gave the NHS a huge shot in the arm. But, writes Michael Cross, results will depend on the world's largest single IT project.

PCs hit the write note
Peter Forbes, March 14 2002
The story about music and computers has revolved around MP3: the rise and fall of Napster and the record companies' attempts to come to terms with online distribution. But computers and the net have revolutionised music in far more creative ways.
 

Dumb cards outsmarted
Dave Birch, March 14 2002
The recent media coverage of the UK banks' decision to switch all credit and debit cards from the traditional magnetic stripe and signature to smart chip and PIN by 2005 has tended to focus on fraud reduction, missing other implications.

Click lit
Chris Middleton, March 14 2002
Forget e-Books. Online publishers believe the biggest challenge to the "paperback in your pocket" will come from publishing on demand.

A lonely medium
Victor Keegan, April 18, 2002
Will the wrist watch go the way of the slide rule?

Hit the open node
James Mortleman, April 18 2002
Free wireless net access will soon be brought to a park bench near you

Can the spam
Jack Schofield, April 18 2002
Unsolicited email costs us billions and wastes hundreds of hours of our time. But we can defuse this electronic letter bomb

Yahoo! posts £14m profit as revenues rise
Owen Gibson, Thursday July 11, 2002
Internet giant Yahoo! has turned in a profit for the first time in 18 months, saying it had put the dotcom bust behind it and was rapidly signing up new  advertisers and paying customers.

Screen versus scratch
Joia Shillingford, July 11 2002
Scratch cards for topping up prepaid mobiles will soon become a thing of the past. The Link network of cash machines is about to announce an agreement that will enable prepaid customers to top up their phones at almost any UK cash machine.

Web watch
Rhianna Prachett, December 19, 2002

The web needs its own police
Victor Keegan, December 19, 2002
Why it is time for serious thought on net regulation.

Is this lights out for the internet?
Richard Wray, July 11 2002
 Will the web survive? The collapse of some of the internet's key companies has raised fears about its future

Making a mesh on the move
Peter Rojas, August 29 2002
A new way to give us fast mobile net access spells further trouble for 3G

Slurp and surf
Ashley Norris, August 29 2002
Starbucks wants us to use its wireless access, while Sharp targets the youth with a snappy phone

Working the web: Newsreaders
Ben Hammersley, August 29 2002
If you're in the know then chances are you already have one; if not, then get a newsreader

Euro good for euro-business
Justin Hunt, January 17 2002
The euro has been successfully launched in a fanfare of publicity, and greatly relieved Brussels bureaucrats have been indulging in much mutual backslapping. But in the acres of print that have heralded its historic introduction, there appears to have been precious little written about the euro's impact on e-businesses.

Pay your way... by phone
Joia Shillingford, January 17 2002
Mobile phones could become the new wallets as the ubiquitous mobile starts to take on new functions.

Working the web: Genealogy
Mike Anderiesz, January 17 2002
Long considered the pursuit of American presidents needing to prove they were that bit more Irish than the next guy, genealogy has only recently emerged in the UK as one of the most popular subjects on the web.

Print media loses out to internet
Sarah Ryle, July 28 2002
Newspapers and magazines have been toppled as the main alternative to television in every household that has access to the internet.
 

When size does matter
Chris Sherman July 18 2002
The claim by search engine Fast that it is now bigger than Google has rekindled a fierce online debate: does size matter? ...

Seeking search engine perfection
Neil McIntosh, January 17 2002
From the car park, the headquarters of search company Google look like just any one of several anonymous low-rise office buildings in a Silicon Valley business park. But set foot inside the door, and it feels like you're taking a step back in time.
 

How codebreakers cracked the secrets of the smart card
John Cassy and Paul Murphy, March 13 2002
The process was complex, time-consuming, and very expensive. This was not about a lone hacker sitting at a computer screen trying to guess passwords. Instead, it was an attempt to split the foundation stone supporting an entire industry - the technology protecting pay TV.

Manx gets 3G
November 15, 2001
Britain's first 3G (third generation) mobile phone will be in action when Manx Telephone's pioneering trial on the Isle of Man goes live shortly.

Iran nets another revolt
February 21, 2002
The Iranian government may be draconian, but the internet remains uncensored, writes Ben Hammersley
'Meeting girls is easy this way," said Amir, as he continued typing, "You can be relaxed no worries."'

Charging for the web
February 21, 2002
Steve Bowbrick, head of Britain's biggest email services firm, explains why we should pay up

The race for a new internet
November 8, 2001
Rival academics are competing to create a new, faster internet.
There is another internet - already operational - where users are receiving connections up to 100 times faster than people at home. It is a network so swift and so powerful its advocates are claiming it has already changed the way we will interact with the internet inthe future.

BT and the failed revolution
November 8, 2001
Has broadband Britain come too late? Some telecoms industry critics think so, and say they know who is to blame

A dream dies
November 8, 2001
On the 50th anniversary of the first commercial mainframe, Guy Kewney laments its disappearance

Stand up for yourself
October 11, 2001
Matt Haig outlines seven easy steps to protect your privacy.

Step by step: Creating a fake online ID
October 11, 2001
How do you remain anonymous online? Go undercover, suggests Mike Anderiesz
 

Cyber chicks strike a blow at male myth
October 11, 2001
Women are leading the way when it comes to finding uses for technology.

Famous for 15MB
November 15, 2001
Interactive TV could take off by making you a star, writes Iain S Bruce
A Scottish software company has found itself at the forefront of a groundbreaking experiment in interactive TV launched in Manhattan last week.

How to learn the hardware way
March 15, 2001
Wired classrooms and diagnostic gadgetry could spell the end of the trusty blackboard and chalk.

Computer masters baby talk
March 1, 2001
A software-based baby "chatterbot" called Hal - named for the villainous computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey - could be about to command the language ability of a five-year-old.
Is 'big brother' a myth?
March 15, 2001
Have you ever had the feeling that someone is looking over your shoulder? That your every move is being scrutinised? You have? If press reports of email and internet monitoring at work are anything to go by you're not alone. But is the coverage of employer monitoring of email and internet use based on fact?

The net's eyes are watching
November 15, 2001
The new anti-terrorism bill may force internet firms to spy on us. S A Mathieson reports:
Anti-terrorism measures announced this week by the home secretary, David Blunkett, will dramatically increase the amount of information internet service providers can keep on their customers, the Home Office has admitted.
Second sight
March 29, 2001
Open source is a model for education, and social services,
"Imagine a society where the computer hacker isn't a figure of fear or derision, but something of a national hero (Linus Torvalds). Imagine a country where the leading thinkers and policy-makers are comfortable with the idea of 'open source'"
Mapping the internet
We call it the web, but is that the right description? What does the internet look like? A British company working on the problem it calls "linkrot" (the estimated 10% of all hyperlinks that lead nowhere) decided the only way to tackle the issue was to map the entire web.
Shoot to fame
Once upon a time in Hollywood, tradition decreed that if you wanted success, you had to get out there and fight for it. But now the web may be making the battle to get noticed just that little bit easier.
Bluetooth takes another bite
Although the first mobile handsets supporting the Bluetooth wireless personal area network (PAN), and plug-in adapters for existing handsets, are only now starting to appear in UK shops, they have been available in Scandinavia for several months.
Ericsson Intros BLIP Technology
Mar 02, 2001, 00:25
Ericsson [NASDAQ:ERICY], one of the prime movers behind the Bluetooth short-range wireless personal area network (PAN), has developed a new technology called BLIP (Bluetooth Local Infotainment Point).

A mobile failure waiting to happen
February 8, 2001
Simon Rockman warns the third generation mobile vision could crash to earth just like the $7bn Iridium satellite project

The mobile secretary  (Unified messaging)
November 15 2001
Some things promise much then fail to deliver, while others come up with the goods but turn out to be pointless. Once in a while, something comes along that fills a need and actually works.

Second sight
 February 8, 2001
Singapore has just become the world's first country to announce a move away from boring old paper and metal money. Instead, the country is developing and promoting a range of electronic and card-based instruments that come under the category of digital money.

Tesco tops the internet food chain
February 1, 2001

British shoppers are using the internet for their weekly food shop more than consumers in any other country - including the US, where the concept was pioneered.

The World Wide Web - past, present and future
Tim Berners-Lee was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship of the British Computer Society on July 17, 1996 at the new British Library in London. The following is a transcript of his presentation:

Building a real web business
[30 Mar 2001]
Although the web startups grab the headlines and magazine covers, it's the bellwether bricks-and-mortars which represent the real internet revolution. These are the companies that have been shaken by internet business models and have the most to gain - and lose - in the New Economy.

Learning in the virtual classroom
[30 Mar 2001]
A recent survey by IDC shows that computer-based training (CBT) is one of the fastest-expanding sectors in IT, with the European market growing from $320m in 2000 to an estimated $3.9bn in 2004. Worldwide the figure will be $23bn.

Buying power through e-procurement
[30 Mar 2001]
Buying staples can be a costly business for a large company. It's not just about the catalogue price - firms also rack up costs when they actually buy the little critters.

NTL offers broadband via cable
[16 Mar 2001]
Broadcasting and communications giant NTL has confirmed a May launch for its broadband package for business users.

Napster verdict highlights ebusiness risks
[27 Feb 2001]
Combined with the European Parliament's new copyright directive, the US court ruling against Napster last week contains important lessons for anyone doing business online.
 

It gets worse: banks online customers' prefer branches
[02 Apr 2001]
The Henley Centre is to be congratulated for a clever piece of research. The statistic that two thirds of online banking customers actually prefer dealing with their banks in a branch looks like another nail in the coffin for ecommerce and, as such, was bound to make headlines.

 Everything you need to know about DNS
[02 Apr 2001]
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the fundamental building blocks on which the internet is built. Although we identify internet-connected computer systems - web servers, FTP servers and so on - by name, as one would expect, the machines themselves have numeric IP addresses. The DNS is the mechanism that enables names to be converted to addresses, and vice versa.

UN launches one-stop green website
8 February, 2001
In a move it claims is "democratising and revolutionary", the UN Environment Programme (Unep) has launched a network portal intended to transform access to information about green issues.

Why MP3 piracy is much bigger than Napster
13 February, 2001
Shutting down Napster will have little, if any, effect on the amount of music being stored and swapped on the net.

BT's broadband 'disgrace'
 8 February, 2001
BT is facing legal action from rival firms over the rollout of high-speed net connections across the UK.

Drat, it's down again
 July 27, 2000
When computer systems crash on a large scale the repercussions can cost millions. Jack Schofield reports on the latest spate of software 'disasters' and asks who is really to blame?

Opinion       Government websites failing to deliver
June 14, 2000
The state needs standards and investment if its departments are to deliver on the internet
Britain is the world leader in the delivery of electronic government. That is not a fact, but the opinion of senior executives in UK government agencies who, according to a Deloitte Research survey yesterday, expect 41% of citizens to use the internet as their primary point of contact by 2002, compared to 40% in Canada, 34% in Australia and 31% in the United States.

The most useful websites for local government
Friday March 16, 2001

The internet: the issue explained
March 12, 2001
The internet revolution poses major challenges and opportunities for all public sector professionals, especially as the government sees it as a major factor in improving access to and quality of services.
Health care faces one of the biggest changes following the launch of the government's £500m four-year plan to wire up the NHS to the net in January.

Government launches £1bn UK Online drive
September 11, 2000
The government today launched a £1bn drive to get all of itsservices online by 2005.

guardian.co.uk/politics
March 27, 2001
What price an e-election, one in which the internet and email have a profound impact on the way our democracy is governed and our leaders chosen? Not much, if the politicians' own track ecord in handling new media is any guide. Fortunately they do not have a monopoly on the options. Plenty of wannabe e-politics sites have come and some have gone. Today the Guardian's website, Guardian Unlimited, launches its own politics site. It offers a huge new archive of information and expert opinion about politics and politicians - great and small - their policies, their past, their constituency patches.

Anyway, anyhow, anywhere
Office life is doomed. Soon we'll be operating from the remotest of places
Tough day at the cottage, dear?
Technology is allowing stressed-out urbanites an exit route from the rat race.
At this price? TeleWork
Life is looking up for Ian Lenegan, who styles himself as "a simple northern guy" but is worth £130m following the successful flotation of TeleWork, his business software company.
Kiss goodbye to the office forever
Driven crazy by commuting? Fed up with never seeing the family during the week? Then you may be ready to start working from home. Tony Levene looks at the pros and cons of this new trend

The hype cycle
January 3, 2002
Jack Schofield, Victor Keegan and Neil McIntosh  track the progress of nine technologies moving from birth, to hype, to ridicule and - eventually - to usefulness

Sound surfing sense
December 13 2001
Napster offered free music downloaded from the internet. Can new industry-backed online sites nowget consumers to pay for it, asks Edward Helmore.

Industrial revolution
December 13 2001
Viruses that feed off bacteria could power tiny machines, writes Peter Forbes
 

MOBILES

How to stay above the rest
December 6, 2001
Faster internet access and wireless networks could threaten 3G mobile phones before they even get off the ground, writes Jack Schofield.  (Internet access)

Morphing mobiles
December 13 2001
This year has been one of great innovation in the mobile phone market. Victor Keegan looks forward to improved content and more exciting applications.

The medium is the (text) message
[December 13 2001]
Strange as it might seem, the mobile phone is creating a whole new art movement. Sean Dodson looks at the development of the genre and explores some recent works.
 

 Teenage kicks
 [December 13 2001]
Teen culture has been a significant factor in the growth of the mobile phone market. Ashley Norris looks at how the industry is catering for this influential target group.

Six of the best
[December 13 2001[
Whether you're a business user or gadget freak, there's a mobile phone to suit you, says Ashley Norris.