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Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson has been working in, on and around the Internet since 1984 and spends his time thinking, writing and speaking about the ways digital technologies are changing our world. A well-known speaker, advisor and technology journalist, he is a senior researcher in BBC Research & Development, and with a range of arts and cultural organisations to help them think about the impact of digital technology on their practice., a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Web Science Institute.

Bill appears weekly on Click on BBC World Service radio, writes a monthly column for Focus magazine and is an advisor to a range of arts and cultural organisations on their digital strategies.

He is a member of the boards of Writers' Centre Norwich and Britten Sinfonia and was for many years a Trustee of the Cambridge Film Trust and the Collections Trust. He built and manages the Working for an MP website. He was the technical lead for the first World Book Night in 2011.

During the 1990's Bill 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. After many years of freelancing he joined the BBC in 2009.

Bill is a member of the WSI CDT External Advisory Board, and regularly attends meetings and helps to promote Web Science events.

He continues to work in collaboration with the Web Science Institute on the development of research project and related development projects.


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