Luddites Make the Tech Revolutions

Lisa Ma | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Tech
Lisa Ma

The Luddites were producers, crafts people, makers and tinkerers. The word luddite might be used negatively by the tech-savvy among us - but like the 19th century activists, we need to start thinking about our labour and makers rights in the new biotechnological era.

The Importance of the Right to Vote

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

In 1792, shoemaker Thomas Hardy founded the London Corresponding Society. Influenced by the French Revolution and the works of Thomas Paine, the LCS h...

Luddite at the End of the Tunnel?

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The welfare budget alone costs the country £275billion every year and is rising. The costs of bureaucracy, fraud and social welfare would be on top of that. The time is upon us when we must think again about the value of work and the needs of the human. The Citizens Income marks out the way to a more hopeful, equitable and positive future.

Apple and Wearable Technology: A Warning From History

Kester Brewin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

Picture the scene - you are completing an application form for life insurance and a page comes up giving you the option to upload data from your always-on fitness monitor, outlining your exercise, work and sleep patterns for the past 6 months, with the incentive that reduced premiums may be available for those who do.

We Are All Geeks (But Should All Be Luddites)

Kester Brewin | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

Over the next few days thousands of normal people will be plunging into the depths of updating the core operating system of their Apple mobile phones and tablets... we are all geeks now, and happily tap away at iOS7 updates and Android settings as we'd they'd been born clutching a smartphone.

Mourn Not HMV

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The potential demise of HMV demonstrates the important triumph of more efficient, more effective technologies and business models for distributing music than traditional in-store retailers. HMV is no longer an efficient provider of music, or of any other media to customers.