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The Security State

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Scratch your leg when your your head aches Things change so fast on the Internet that sometimes they don’t give one time to write about what one wants. I’m supposed to be following up on the subject of the relationship between the local and the global in new businesses on the Net. And we will […]

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en.medi@, from month to month

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

No-one gets fat by just licking Today we are going to contemplate our own navels. In other words, we are going to talk about ourselves a bit. Exactly one year ago, after many a sleepless night and years of preparation, we finally got en.medi@, a conceptual technology developed by Enredando.com, S.L., off the ground. Its […]

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Globalising isn’t easy

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

It’s the bait that ensnares, not the fisherman or his rod The exclusive World Economics Forum in Davos was even more exclusive than usual this year thanks, paradoxically enough, to globalisation. Following in the wake of the last World Trade Summit, this Swiss Alpine resort filled up with protesters wanting to remind the captains of […]

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Mergers that Kill

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Health is not contagious Despite the jubilation that accompanies all mergers of industrial giants, there are some that are more important than others. And what matters most is not the astronomical sums they entail, but something much more basic and mundane, namely, our perception of the world we live in. The media had a field […]

198

In the Belly of the Monster

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

There’s no heaven without clouds, no paradise without its serpent The latest big merger of this turn of the century, AOL’s mega-bite of Time Warner, has brought to the surface of our society the most mature vision of industrial culture so far. Viewed with a certain tragic nostalgia by the media, the fusion of these […]

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Let’s come out of the Net

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Spin that top on your fingernail (if you can) On the same day as the biggest merger in history, between AOL and Time Warner, en.red.ando enters its fifth year. Not that the one has anything to do with the other, but you never know. Only time will tell. The truth is that on 8 January […]

196

The XXI century gets nearer

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

He who buys an umbrella when it rains, pays nine when it’s only worth six Well, can you believe it ! Here I am writing the first article of the year 2000, on a computer, and it will be published and read on the Internet. Only five years ago few people would have invested the […]

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Digital Boycott

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

A penny saved is a penny earned The Chicago Tribune, founded in 1849 and one of the grand old US newspapers, is putting its complete collection on the Internet thanks to the work of convicts in various prisons in Ohio. They are going to type into the computer (“computerise”) all the issues that are too […]

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Body Snatchers (A Christmas Story)

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Thinking of anything else is thinking of the impossible J.B.Wrightless, the President of the US, then said, ” It is our duty, at this time, to offer the world one of the most important agreements in recent history. The whole world is expecting us to resolve our differences and move forward, together, without exception, towards […]

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Domestic Recording Companies (*)

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

What the eye doesn’t see the heart doesn’t dream of The Internet is about to take a giant step out of the physical networks that contain it at present to make its presence felt in the real world. I don’t just mean those big billboards advertising portals or Internet addresses. No, this is something much […]

192

A Predictable Rebellion

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Let me talk about what is mine; don’t make me listen to anything else The World Trade Organisations’ (WTO) ministerial summit in Seattle has come to an end and as the ashes of protest settle all sorts of unforeseen analyses will now arise. The rich countries have been stretching things to the limit and, with […]

191

Total Connection

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The devil laughs when the hungry feed the well-fed The titillating idea of “network computers”, launched three years ago by a small group of companies in competition with Microsoft, was immediately quashed, amongst others, by Bill Gates’ company. Now Mr. Seattle himself has deigned to descend into the arena of computer fairs to declare that […]

190

Terra, sea and air

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

All the bed bugs are in the blanket Terra Networks’ speculative explosion sent shock waves through the Internet as powerful as those on the stock markets of Madrid and New York. So much has been said over the last few days about it that I don’t think its worth adding anything else about Telefonica’s feat […]

189

The Great Simulator

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Not born yet and already sneezing Over the last couple of years, we have had to live with those bright new millionaires spawned by the Internet. And spawned is the right word because what they all have in common is that they are extremely youthful. All they had to do was arrive and go directly […]

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Voices in the Basin

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Don’t tread on the tail of an animal you don’t know Over the next 50 years, the population of the Mediterranean basin will grow by 150 million new inhabitants. To which we can add the influx of those that move from other parts of Europe in search of sunny climes. Meanwhile, emigration from south to […]

187

In search of Jenny’s Daughter

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

He who digs out a lot of dirt does not dig very deep In an era like ours of such rapid and profound changes, the most productive question we can ask is how individuals, institutions, businesses and organisations are going to adapt to the new situation. If the central problem posed by the Information Society […]

186

The Human Communications Map

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Nobody says they are fine without adding: “For the moment, anyway” The Internet has substantially altered the information production process as we have known it. On the one hand, it provides the tools and context for creating new ways of generating and disseminating information to audiences which, in many cases, appear from nowhere. On the […]

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The Digital Blender

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

A new tree bends in the wind; big, old ones break In the same way as mega-fusions amongst the big communications corporations to a large extent explain the global scope of the type of journalism belonging to the traditional media (see previous editorial “The Big Crush”), the proliferation of new media on the Internet is […]

184

Daddy, Where Does the News Come From?

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Abundance kills the appetite The media, by furnishing society with an essential vision of itself, has become a fundamental part of the political system. If this system is rigid, dictatorial, totalitarian or fundamentalist, the media usually constructs a vision which corresponds to the regime in power. If the system is — to a certain degree– […]

183

The Big Crush

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

A job half done is not worth a damn Will continuous takeovers of the media by big business — a local example of which is present in Telefonica policy — affect the type of information they offer, the quality of their content and the way they deal with the reality they inform on? And, secondly, […]

182

Blazing Classrooms

Rafael Martín

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place This weekend I was asked to give a talk on “The Internet in Education” during the XVI National Conference on Energy and Education, organised by the Nuclear Forum in Madrid. 700 school teachers from all over Spain filled the Faculty of Medicine’s Ramon y Cajal Great Hall […]

181

Environmental Connections

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

No pain, no gain Last week I attended a meeting of the World Bank in Washington. The World Bank Institute’s Environment and Nature Divison (WBIEN) organised a get-together of experts in environmental journalism to work out a programme for improving the dissemination of information of this kind in the media. Journalists from South Africa, China, […]

180

Internet in your Pocket

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Everyone stretches their legs according to the length of their coverlet It wasn’t on any of the gurus’ agendas. But, almost overnight cell phones are changing the whole network scenario and are threatening to do away with some of the truisms forged by the heat of change in recent years. And it is not just […]

179

Exclusion or Autism

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The hungry dream of bread At the beginning of August, Guineans Yaquine Koita (14 years old) and Founde Tounjara (15 years old), decided to address the people of Europe about daily suffering on the African continent and ask for help clambering out of its depths. They climbed into the landing gear of a Belgian plane […]

178

Digital Orgy

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

An ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept Young people are aware of the fact that they understand culture differently. And if that culture nowadays manifests itself, to a large extent, through computers, nothing could be better than to spend a few days shut up in a room full of machines, cables, modems, […]

177

Shadows on the Net

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Nobody sees what you know, but everyone can see what you do Habits and usage in the connected world are changing at great speed. Almost as fast as our difficulty in understanding what is going on on the Internet and learning to move around it with some kind of personal purpose in mind, increases. These […]

176

Nobody knows who they work for

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Nothing venture, nothing have Hardly five years after the start of the WWW, the interface that has popularized the use of the Internet at a vertiginous rate, the Net has already gained a leading role in the Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its conclusions are far-reaching: it maintains that the […]

175

It will all happen tomorrow

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

There is no better sign of water than to watch it fall Last Friday, 2 July, sociologist Manuel Castells held a meeting in Barcelona with a small group of journalists during which he gave his views on what he called the new economy. Castells is, without doubt, one of the foremost thinkers in the world […]

174

Einstein’s Bicycle

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The grass looks greener on the other side of the fence The growing and –and inevitable– commercialisation of the Internet is giving rise to a rash of theories, and even philosophies, to explain what we are doing there and how we can take financial advantage of it. Books, specialist magazines, symposia, conferences, thematic web pages […]

173

The Toy Internet

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Buy at a fair but sell at home Even if only a few Spaniards accept the flood of “free” access to the Internet offers there are at the moment, Spanish cyberspace will experience a healthy rise in its population figures. The big telecom operators are practically falling over themselves to saturate media space with their […]

172

The Public’s turn to Speak

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Rough winds bring high tides In 1996, the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE, the biggest and most important in the United States of America) started an ambitious project to look into the reasons why newspapers were losing credibility among the American public. The cornerstone of this project was a comprehensive study which included a […]

171

New Media, New Content

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Good questions teach a lot Four months ago en.red.ando began a new experiment, the space called en.medi@ for debate, analysis and research into new media in the Information Society. The number of people taking part in what we define as encounter technology and content generation has been growing slowly, but surely. At the moment, between […]

170

E-mail’s Watchful Eye

Rafael Martín

Likely lies in the mire , and unlikely gets over it In 1991, 8 million Americans had access to e-mail. In 1997, there were already 67 million. Last year, there were 96 million. This figure could rise to as much as 120 million this year. The vast majority of these connected people get their bit […]

169

Encounter Technology

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Nothing escapes or gets lost if you build a strong cage The volume of services on the Internet is constantly growing due to the increase in the Internet population as well as the “translation effect”. The widespread use of English in the Net has triggered the enormous increase of digital content over the last year […]

168

Fifth in the league and on the way down

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Other people’s problems taste sweet The state of Spanish on the Internet is “getting worse”. According to “El español en el mundo. Anuario del Instituto Cervantes 1999” (“Spanish in the World. The Annual Report of the Cervantes Institute 1999”), the only language that has grown on the Net is English (70% of web pages), followed […]

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“Gray-hairedNet’s” Shared Wisdom

Rafael Martín

The present is our only reality One sure sign that the Net is maturing is that the mature are getting into it. Over the last few months we have witnessed a veritable explosion in the number of senior citizens in Spanish-speaking cyberspace. Internet courses for the elderly (anyone over 50) have produced wonderful pages with […]

166

The spark in the paper

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

To die for the sake of appearance is not so rare Three years ago they laughed at the possibility, both publicly and privately, although some of them made sure they were there “just in case”. Two years ago they felt they “had to be there”, although always looking back over their shoulders to keep an […]

165

Networked Education (*)

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

What will those that stumble on the plains do when they get to the mountains? The task of schools is to prepare people for life in the world they are going to live in. Today it is clear that the connection between what is taught and that world is being called into question. There is […]

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Importing Portals

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

A light purse makes a heavy heart And now, on top of everything else, we are importing portals. Retevision, Spain’s second biggest telecom company, has just sealed a deal with the US search engine Excite to develop a Spanish version of this portal. This way, according to Retevision, the 12.000 subscribers to Iddeo, its service […]

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Health Bombs

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The killer disease of today is not cured by tomorrow’s remedy The latest African upheavals of the malaria vaccine have passed as surreptitiously through the press in the West as a mosquito bite at sunset. At the most important meeting of malaria experts this century, held in Durban less than a month ago, the team […]

162

Little Questions for Mars, the God of War

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Money is a good servant, but a bad master As the XX century draws to a close and the Information Society dawns, Spain has started to bomb Yugoslavia without declaring war and without an explanation from her government as to what new factors have merited military intervention. When the most intelligent thing a lot of […]

161

A Universe in Expansion

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

One must draw back in order to leap better Over the last fifteen years, I have taken part in numerous debates and forums on the social communication of science. At all of them, the burning questions were, invariably, whether information on the world of science in the mass media is good, bad, sufficient or insufficient; […]

160

The Big North is marching on

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Everyone stretches their legs according to the length of their coverlet Legend has it that Lautaro terrified the horses of the Spanish conquistadors’ by getting thousands of Mapuche Indians to stomp rhythmically with all their might on the ground thereby making the earth tremble. The moment the armoured men landed on the ground, the battle […]

159

Networking Women

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs If you are invited to a meeting of women where you are the only man, you might get the feeling that they know something about you that they’ve never told you or, something that they will, almost certainly, never tell you. At least that was how I […]

158

From trade unions to crime

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

What good people we are …. as long as we have something to eat As the English often say, in a hundred years’ time we’ll look back at all the things that worry us now and laugh about them. It seems that Telefonica goes along with this philosophy. And, long before a century has passed […]

157

The cart pulls the horse

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Where there is suspicion, there is caution Fisher Information” is not a key piece of information that belongs to this gentleman. Quite the opposite in fact. It is the information that is missing from our understanding of how things work. And, according to Fisher, in all the systems that surround us that information deficit exists […]

156

Discriminator

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

To free oneself of bonds, a good head is better than good arms Forget artificial intelligence. This season something much more sophisticated and suited to the age is going to be in fashion: “artilects” or artificial intellects which, as usual when describing these devices, will apparently be much more intelligent than us. To start off […]

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The Davos Way

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The king means little to his swineherd The World Economics Forum at Davos, the annual get-together of the rich and powerful on the planet, turned into a Freudian exercise in self-flagellation. For a start there was the title of the meeting: Global Responsibility, quite an ironic one in the mouths of transnational corporation CEOs, high […]

154

en.red.ando answers back

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Little strokes fell great oaks The gestation period has been long and the birth a difficult and painful one. Nevertheless, today en.red.ando’s 3.0 version sees the light for the first time, with its new design and enlarged content. As with all newborns, some will say that it’s a beautiful baby and others will not understand […]

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The Geography of Information

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Nobody is wise because of what their father knew Can you imagine what it would be like to see all the archives and weekly content of en.red.ando by just taking a glance at your the screen? And finding the article you were looking for by just a couple of clicks and with no need to […]

152

Where do portals come from?

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Don’t say shoo! until the last cat has gone by We are in the portal era. But, let’s see how long it lasts. What is certain is that, at the moment, either you have a portal, or you are in one, or you’re a dead “bit”. And, if this is indeed the case, the situation […]

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The Quilmes Letter (and III)

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Never say it’s going to rain until you hear the thunder When there is talk about the future of developing countries in the Information Society, their way out of poverty and backwardness is not only seen as a one-way route established in accordance with criteria laid down by the Industrial Society (See the editorial “From […]