Tag Archives | Internet

“Regulation of the internet is not an issue that falls within my responsibility or, indeed, that of any part of our devolved Executive.”


For which, I think, we should be very grateful indeed.  Not that such constitutional technicalities prevented MLAs, of all parties, from enthusiastically debating a Sinn Féin motion last week calling for the Northern Ireland Justice Minister “to explore the introduction of better regulation of [social networking websites]“.  Here’s Newton Emerson’s response in Saturday’s Irish News Worse more…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, It Will Be On The Internet


I walk past the Occupy Belfast protesters opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral nearly every day. It would be easy to sneer at them. They have some rather nice tents out of Decathlon, that well known bastion of anti-capitalism, and they seem to have a lot of fun. Not only are they not occupying anything more than more…

Kate Fitzgerald, annonymity and a ‘hacked’ voicemail?


Last Saturday, the Irish Times told the story of a young, brilliantly talented US born Irishwoman. It followed a very powerful piece by the woman herself back in September, just before, as it much later came to light, she had taken her own life. But having first linked the story, John Ryan’s Broadsheet.ie is now more…

Egypt: Will it be the secret policeman’s fall?


President Hosni Mubarak’s shuffling of the Egyptian cabinet while Cairo burns, has all the appearance of rearranging deckchairs on a doomed Titanic. Yet, despite the protests, he may still survive. If he were to go, who would replace him? His son, the just as unpopular Gamal?  The Muslim Brotherhood? Mohamed ElBaradei? Or Omar Suleiman, intelligence chief and more…

When the facts change, I’ll stick with my beliefs


Nice piece from the Boston Globe (via Gavin on Google Reader), which may or may not have a relevance to the ongoing saga at Northern Ireland Water (which has ruined many people’s attempts to take a holiday, including my own)… In reality, we often base our opinions on our beliefs, which can have an uneasy more…

“A funny thing happened to us on the way to the future.”


An eminently sensible article by John Naughton in The Observer setting out nine big ideas, or steps, towards a better understanding of the internet. 1 Take the long view 2 The web isn’t the net 3 Disruption is a feature, not a bug 4 Think ecology, not economics 5 Complexity is the new reality 6 The network is more…