A Year under the Volcano

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Learn young, learn fair When Ramana Rao displayed Yahoo on screen to participants at enredando’s I One Day Conference, it brought home very clearly to us all that the road to information management is a long and winding one – and that the journey has only just begun. Ramana, Inxight’s energetic and cultured vice-president, had […]


True to our roots

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Those that want to kiss her, will look for her face en.red.ando’s I One Day Conference, which will be taking a look at Next Generation Information Technology, is being held in Barcelona this Friday 27 October. It is a unique meeting both as far as its subject matter and the circumstances under which it is […]


The Ethics of the New Media

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

I took in the mouse in my hole and it became heir Recent protests in Seattle, Washington and Prague against the process of globalisation, in general, and the policies of international financial and commercial organisations in particular, demonstrate how much the Internet has been revitalised as an instrument of social change. Ironically enough, the most […]


From Hunan to Stockholm

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The degree of interest knows no limits Five years ago, when the Web was just starting to make its public appearance, a company began to distribute a free newspaper on the underground in Stockholm. Not long after further editions were launched in Göteborg and Malmö. Today it is the most widely read newspaper in Sweden. […]


Daddy, ask me something

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Love conquers all in the face of all odds In the previous editorial (see “The Virtual Super-tutor”) we said that in the field of education “creating an Internet curriculum is a job waiting to be done”. Who the main players for getting such a task underway should be, is another matter still to be decided. […]


The Virtual Super-tutor

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

If you want to be wise, buy an old man I have just come back from taking part in Inforensino 2000, the highly interesting IV Jornadas de Informática Aplicada a la Educación (IV Workshop on Computer Science Applied to Education) held in the Spanish city of Lugo. Unfortunately, to a large extent it resembled other […]


Designing Communication Online

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Firefighters don’t stand on each others hoses en.red.ando¹s Masters in Digital Communication was launched at respective ceremonies in Madrid and Barcelona last week. It will be imparted in Spanish via the Internet as from November. After a long period of preparation, we have designed a course which we hope brings together all the accumulated experience […]


The Landing of “Brainpeace”

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

You don’t know anything until others know you know The world’s three major cell phone manufacturers have agreed to label their devices according to radiation emission levels. So when we use mobile phones from now on we will know how large the electromagnetic field transmitted to our bodies is. Whether the gadget fries our neurons […]


The Intelligent Web

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

The devil lurks behind the cross We shouldn’t be surprised if, very shortly, someone – an expert on the environment, for instance – gets a message that goes something like this, “We have detected that there is insufficient information online about decision-making related to crises caused by catastrophes in densely populated areas. You are an […]


Designer Habitats

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Don’t believe the person who is coming from the fair, but the one who is going back to it The Net is about to turn into what is, in reality, artificial nature, with all the complexities that one would expect from an environment of that kind. This means a nature composed of electronic habitats which […]


The Land of the Rising Net

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

When you ask for something, make sure you ask for a lot This summer’s big news event so far, apart from the tragedy of the nuclear submarine “Kursk”, took place in Maguncia, Germany, where a group of people, skilfully manipulated by the German government, managed to pay a billion and a half more than they […]


Ants in the Net

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

People who stand still don’t go anywhere Ants have been with us for 80 million years. Theirs is the story of the colony and colonisation’s unstoppable race for success. Their 10,000 species have populated almost every corner of the earth. Only some icy regions of the planet and an island or two have escaped them. […]


Internet’s Three Xs

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Words are but wind, but seeing is believing The Internet ranks already as the world’s 18th economic power after Switzerland and before Argentina. The two most thorough studies of the “New Net Economy” so far, the first by the University of Texas —Measuring the Internet Economy— and the second by the OECD —Outlook 2000 on […]


A Knowledge Production Media

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Nobody can see what you know, but everyone can see what you do Since its foundation in 1996, en.red.ando has defined itself as a magazine dedicated to reflecting on the changes brought about by the Internet. For a good deal of this time, our task has been shared with a large group of contributors who […]


Not English, not Latin: EuroNet

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

Things are all in a muddle: the nettles mixed with the roses Plans to further expand the EU to include Eastern European countries will create a political, economic and social space where there will be 22 languages spoken. How will this affect the development of the Internet on a European scale? Will we be able […]


The Bits of paper

Luís Ángel Fernández Hermana - @luisangelfh

And the donkey goes back to the wheat The 53rd World Newspaper Congress, held a couple of weeks ago in Rio de Janeiro, was an excellent showcase for viewing the effects the irruption of the Internet has had on the media, dubbed “traditional” ever since. In the almost five years that the Web has been […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]