the archive edition

the website of Bill Thompson
technology critic and essayist

Bill Thompson is a ‘controversialist’ – at least according to The Guardian – and pioneer of new media in the UK. Founder of The Guardian’s New Media Lab in the mid 1990’s, he ran the world’s first live Webcast from the ICA in 1994, created the first Website for an elected representative within the EU (Anne Campbell, 1995) and ran the first and so far only online debate for the Prime Minister’s Office (Nexus, 1997). Now he writes and talks about this stuff.

the controvertist

In this section you will find some of my longer essays and links to work which has been published elsewhere.

Safe European Home

A provocation, first published in The Register in August 2002, which continues to attract both interest and condemnation, in which the author argues that trusted computing systems are both inevitable and to be welcomed, and calls for the esablishment of a European network which is safe from US cultural imperialism.

Read it here

E-mutualism; or the tragedy of the dot.commons

First publshed as a pamphlet by the Co-operative Party in August 2000, in which the author argues that the Internet is a mutual, co-operative venture whose character is being destroyed by commercial pressures.

Read the PDF

Read the Microsoft Reader ebook

Blog eats Blog

The coverage of ETCON revealed more about the predilections of the blogeoisie than the future of technology. This was published in May 2003.

Read it on Spiked-IT

Follow the Popdex citations

Coming Up

See Also...

The BillBlog

Digital Planet

BBC News


Cambridge Film Festival podcast


BBC Webwise

City University

Children's Books

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Contact Bill

Email me at or find out what I'm up to or where I came from. You can also read a short biography, 'My Life as a New Media Dog'

This site

This is the old version of the site, left here so that links don't get broken. Please don't rely on anything you read here being up to date - go to the home page at for current information

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