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The Third Man

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Abundance, like want, ruins many Junk information is still on the increase at an exponential and uncontrolled rate. It is repetitive, redundant, excessive and hyper-abundant and, despite the insistence of many gurus, is not confined to the Internet. Let’s take the TV and traditional media for example. For quite some time now a new TV […]

219

A Job or a Project

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Jobs come running and leave at a walking pace While on the most visible surface of the Net some companies give the impression that without thousands of millions in investment a portal is not worth anything at all and is, thus, superfluous, below the surface, the Internet economy is simmering and the pot is boiling […]

218

Bankcruptcy on the Net

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Never say it will rain until you hear the thunder Everyone knows that the Internet bubble is bound to burst sooner or later. Increase in speculative capital, the carcasses floating around trying to become “the best site in the world, where users can find anything and everything”, plus labour inflation on many of these new […]

217

Internet Strata

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

A lover moves faster than a hundred lawyers Just as in palaeontology, there are many ways of interpreting Internet strata, particularly those layers accumulated over the last five years since the Web was popularised and the digital swamp was invaded by numerous active species. One of these is the “Tell me who was in the […]

216

There is a virus in the soup

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The eye is a great deceiver Computer viruses are showing us just how close we are to one another on the Net. Someone lets one of them loose in the Philippines, Israel or California and, if it’s well-designed, in just a few hours it spreads over half the planet. In so doing it not only […]

215

A Very Special Day

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

He who knows the way home has no need to ask passers-by This week sees the start of en.jornad@, the online phase of the I en.red.ando One-Day Conference to be held in Barcelona on the 27 October this year. Over almost four months we will be debating and researching the next generation information technologies to […]

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Brothers, Big and Small

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The fool thought he had friends when they were really just after his wine Big Brothers are multiplying as fast as mushrooms in the wet season. And I am not referring to any recent television experiences that have aroused the watchman in all of us, but rather to real assaults on our privacy which place […]

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Empire does not rhyme with Internet

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Money talks As a friend of mine often says, we can’t complain because we are very lucky to be living in a very exciting era full of changes and transformations which, unlike other times, are directly affecting us all, either actively or passively. We have seen an empire which seemed eternal dissolving before our very […]

212

Butterflies in the Net

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

One grain does not fill a silo, but it helps its companion Someone knocks on your door and it’s a total stranger who says, “Hello I’m Australian. My cousin such and such travelled with a girl who was married to Tom, who knows someone who studied with Dick, who is, I believe, a good friend […]

211

From Rice to the Chip

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Old ox means a straight furrow Vinai Dishpande is not a name that usually hits the headlines in the West. Perhaps he has never made them, in fact. Nevertheless, in India he is a kind of Bill Gates. He is the father of the equivalent of Silicon Valley in this Asian country. A Stanford-educated engineer, […]

210

The Indians are coming!

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

He who does not go to my house, kicks me out of his The Information Society is beginning to show signs of maturing. As we have said before, proof of the Internet’s social impact will come when it emerges from its computerised cloister and moves beyond its strictly technological environment. Something of this kind has […]

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Internet Universities

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The obtuse man becomes sharper with use Exactly who is doing research into communication and information systems and training in the Net these days? Where has the sudden explosion of innovations sweeping the Internet come from? One thing certain is that they are not coming from the universities where the Internet itself originated. Ironically, advances […]

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To Lisbon via La Mancha

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Those that leave the road for the side path think they they are advancing, but they are really taking the long way round. The European Union’s Lisbon summit has focused more than ever before on information technology. EU leaders, apparently tired of repeatedly hearing, particularly in their Gross National Products and balance of payments reports, […]

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Waiting for my PISO

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

No day passes without some grief The predominant role of telecommunication operators in the “new economy” is so overpowering at the moment that it is difficult to imagine the virtual landscape without them. The enormous investment of companies such as Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, ATT, MCI or Worldcom, to name but a few, in […]

206

Demolition.com, Pty Ltd

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Wood that is used for wooden pegs cannot be polished “This is all totally crazy”, “the bubble’s going to burst soon”, “the market’s gone mad”, “look at what’s happening in the US already”. These are just some of the things people are saying about the Internet these days. The constant flow of thousands of millions […]

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Financing online

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

When it rains the water flows On the Internet you can’t stand still in the same place for two minutes, but sometimes it really makes one take surprising leaps and bounds. Over the last few weeks, Enredando.com, the company that publishes en.red.ando and promotes the projects that, one way or the other, we have been […]

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Cities on the Net

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

He who buys dear, sells cheap Nowadays, when it appears that all of the Internet, or rather the whole of the virtual world is being gobbled up by telecommunications operators, banks, large commercial concerns and powerful capital risk enterprises, we feel that we should ask ourselves, “Is there anybody else out there?” Yes, of course, […]

202

What’s New in the New Economy

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

All fruit gets ripe except the “pear-haps” The message of present US economic success has never got through to Europe so loud and clear as at Davos. Clinton himself, at the head of practically his entire economic policy team, summed up their recipe for success in an apparently simple sentence: Alan Greenspan had realised the […]

202

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 […]

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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 […]

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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– […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]