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U-Shaped Value in the Internet

The Internet Is U-Shaped

When we think about the problem of achieving affordable access to the Internet for all, the discussion often focuses on broadband targets.  These targets are moving goalposts as infrastructure improves.  Broadband used to be defined at 256Kbps, now it might be...

/ 17 March 2017

Failure to TED

Recently a bot informed me that it was the 2 year anniversary of my speaking at TED Global 2014.  And that reminded me of what I have been putting off writing for a while, putting off well, because I find it...

/ 16 November 2016

How to Think About Universal Access

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any person in possession of a mobile phone must be in want of an Internet connection.  Please allow that mangling of Jane Austen to exist as a placeholder for the assumption that everyone having affordable access...

/ 1 April 2015

Cape Town to Lunenburg

Yesterday I touched down with my family in Halifax, Canada, our new home for the next few years.  Well, actually near there, a small town south of Halifax called Lunenburg.  When you have a foot in more than one country,...

/ 1 July 2012
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Sympathy for the Tinkerer

Tinkering gets a bad rap and I am making it my personal mission to rehabilitate the term. I keep an eye out for articles about tinkering and it is dismaying to see tinkerers getting the same raw deal as “hackers”. ...

/ 27 May 2011