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Jamillah Knowles | 11:08 UK time, Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Hi all,

This week on the Outriders ­podcast we have one of our longer interviews where I get the chance to get my teeth into a longer discussion about our lives online. ­Johnny Ryan is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.

He's written a book entitled A History of the Internet and the Digital Future. It covers a great deal of the military and technical background behind the world we inhabit online as well as the way we are developing via decentralised networks. But will this change lead to our lives offline also seeing a difference?

Johnny Ryan's work is out via Reaktion Books this month.

Until next week!

~ Jamillah


  • Comment number 1.

    A great interview, Jamillah, thanks. Johnny Ryan's broad historical overview of the development of the internet sounds like a great read, and I'm glad he's being brave enough to try and use this history to sketch out coming trends (future forecasting is always brave, and almost always wrong, but the attempts tell us so much, even if they don't get it right!) :)

    In fact, I'm off to buy the book right now ...

  • Comment number 2.

    Excellent interview and I like the fact that we are, to quote Johnny Ryan "on the hinge of history".

    Any chance of the programme being on at a more mainstream time ?? Say on Fridays at 2pm !!! LOL

    Always enjoy the show - thanks !

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Plant_Girl and Tama,

    Thanks for your lovely comments. It was a very interesting conversation to have with a clearly bright writer.

    Indeed we are not on air during the day - but you can always listen to the podcast and play that back whenever it suits you best. Maybe even during daylight hours!

    - Jamillah


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