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Bill Thompson

Principal Engineer / BBC, Technology journalist

Public spaces, private data

Bill Thompson is a well-known technology journalist and advisor to arts and cultural organisations on matters related to digital technologies. He is a Principal Engineer in BBC Research & Development working on ways the BBC can deliver its public service mission online.


Bill has been working in, on and around the Internet since 1984, and was Internet Ambassador for PIPEX, the UK’s first commercial ISP, and Head of New Media at Guardian Newspapers where he built the paper’s first website.


Bill appears regularly on Digital Planet on BBC World Service radio and writes for a range of publications.  Formerly a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art, he is an Adjunct Professor at Southampton University and member of the Web Sciences Institute advisory board.


He is a former member of the boards of Writers’ Centre Norwich, Britten Sinfonia,  and the Cambridge Film Trust, In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Anglia Ruskin University. He manages the website Working for an MP (
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