Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson

Bill has been working in, on and around the Internet since 1984, thinking, writing and speaking about how digital technologies are changing our world and how the network can be a force for good. During the 1990’s he was Internet Ambassador for PIPEX, the UK’s first commercial ISP, where he developed websites for Comic Relief, the Edinburgh Fringe and Anne Campbell MP before moving to Guardian Newspapers as head of new media. He established the paper’s first website in 1994 and was responsible for many online projects, including in 1996.

Bill currently leads Future Value Research in BBC Research & Development. He is also well-known as a technology journalist and advisor to arts and cultural organisations on matters related to digital technologies. From January 2001 to April 2023, he was the regular studio expert on the BBC World Service technology programme Digital Planet (aka Go Digital and Click). He still appears on air as an independent commentator. He is an Adjunct Professor at Southampton University and a member of the board of the Web Science Trust. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Anglia Ruskin University in 2016.

Talks by Bill Thompson

A Talk from Another CenturyMarch 2024

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