Interview with internet pioneer Steve Crocker

Johnny Ryan Internet History, Technology

In a bathroom, at three in the morning in April 1969, a graduate student named Steve Crocker started to write one of the most important documents of the last century. Though drafted in humble circumstances Crocker’s document would set the open, inclusive tone of the next half century of Internet engineering culture, and initiate the process of defining the rules that govern virtually all data exchange on the planet.

An experiment in startups working with news media companies: looking back at The Irish Times Digital Challenge

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy, Startups

(This post also appeared in The Irish Times on 4 October 2012.) LAST FRIDAY, at The Workman’s Club on Wellington Quay in Dublin, an Irish technology start-up company called GetBulb was announced as the overall winner of The Irish Times Digital Challenge. GetBulb has produced a system that can rapidly create data visualisations suitable for both high-resolution print and for …

Business Week Op Ed “One Way to Save the Music Industry”

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One Way to Save the Music Industry, Business Week, 29 July 2010 By Johnny Ryan and Allègre L. Hadida Given the persistence of digital music piracy, a new subscription-creation model borrowed from online gaming could aid ailing record labels Does the answer to music retailing’s collapse lie within the computer game industry? Global music revenues suffered a 10th year of …

Good news for startups in Ireland (iGAP)

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Tidbit of news: I attended the final of the iGAP today. iGAP is the Internet Growth Acceleration Program, which was initiated by Colm Lyon of Realex and hosted by Enterprise Ireland. The 10 finalist startups pitching had participated in iGAP for the previous six months, learning from mentors and instructors drawn together by Brian Caufield. This was the first ever iGAP, …

Kool DJ Herc and the future of hacked media

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Celebrating the arrival of page proofs of the book, this snippet comes from a section that describes the future of ‘extruded media’… A digital media boom is underway in which assertive audiences are beginning to use and extrude media rather than watch it. To understand the nature of the coming global media boom, reflect on the birth of break beat …