ETHOS COLUMN ARCHIVE 2005
25 DECEMBER 2005
For some of the men who wear red suits and false beards, Christmas can be a difficult time.
18 DECEMBER 2005
MAN BYTES DOG
Dogs will soon have their own mobile phones. Could be useful for any animal who plans to run for mayor.
11 DECEMBER 2005
Following in US footsteps, the town of Carnew could change its name to Nissan and Kill could become Vapona.
4 DECEMBER 2005
HO HO NO
If shopping is a new religion then the heretics have taken to the web to organise Buy Nothing Christmas.
27 NOVEMBER 2005
For the first time - and not for the last - the self-appointed music copyright cops were challenged on the airwaves.
20 NOVEMBER 2005
Sooner or later someone is going to provide a service which keeps sites alive when their owners no longer are.
13 NOVEMBER 2005
I would manage to live just fine without television for a week. Not so the internet.
6 NOVEMBER 2005
With the help of an insider, I've shattered a myth about Beethoven and the birth of the compact disc.
23 OCTOBER 2005
Most governments take to technology like a hydrophobic duck to water.
16 OCTOBER 2005
Kerry's Black Valley shows that the government's telecoms strategy is all smoke and mirrors.
9 OCTOBER 2005
Databases holding intimate personal information could become unsecured and dangerous honeypots.
2 OCTOBER 2005
In the aftermath of his televised confrontation with Dick Cheney, Ben Marble took to the web.
25 SEPTEMBER 2005
When the new-look Guardian newspaper dropped Doonesbury, it started a keyboard rebellion.
18 SEPTEMBER 2005
COLUMN RETURNS NEXT WEEK
11 SEPTEMBER 2005
TAKING A BREAK
4 SEPTEMBER 2005
An interview with Damien Mulley, the chairman of IrelandOffline, on the fight for decent internet access.
28 AUGUST 2005
According to security specialists, anonymity is very bad. For freedom of speech advocates, it is essential.
21 AUGUST 2005
BURN TO RUN
My life of crime continues as another CD burns away in the disk drive.
14 AUGUST 2005
The internet can be a valuable tool for newspapers if they're innovative enough to use it.
7 AUGUST 2005
So-called virtual reality is no match for what the human imagination can get up to.
31 JULY 2005
DISH IS DAFT
The telephone network is so bad that over 1500 Irish schools have to use satellite for internet access.
24 JULY 2005
WORD OF MOUSE
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling epitomises the changing relationship between artist and audience.
17 JULY 2005
The US has changed its mind and will not be ceding control of the net's addressing system as planned.
10 JULY 2005
'A bunch of hippy acid heads actually invented the personal computer.' - William Gibson
3 JULY 2005
The porn industry has shifted from not giving a xxxx about the internet to supporting .xxx.
26 JUNE 2005
Technology is not neutral and a proposed Irish postal code system does have social consequences.
19 JUNE 2005
Having been a disruptive technology itself, television is getting wise to the rise of the internet.
12 JUNE 2005
Sudoku has been called 'a puzzle for this age' and that's a statement that just doesn't add up.
5 JUNE 2005
COLUMN RETURNS NEXT WEEK
29 MAY 2005
ON HOLS THIS WEEK
22 MAY 2005
Legislation protecting privacy may not be toothless, but a visit to the dentist is overdue.
15 MAY 2005
A computerised world is credited with keeping people up late, but it's more than likely the tea.
8 MAY 2005
The net has facilitated an explosion in text-based creativity and the same will happen with music.
1 MAY 2005
A week online with Bertie Ahern.
24 APRIL 2005
The music business must be stopped from pursuing piracy at the expense of privacy.
17 APRIL 2005
TOOTH IS OUT
Sexing up a story can give it legs and 'toothing' made a good run of it. Until last week.
10 APRIL 2005
SONY AND SHARE
The US Supreme Court heard evidence last week in one of the most important cases of the digital era.
3 APRIL 2005
Rabbits are the new copycats on the web when it comes to walking the prank.
27 MARCH 2005
THE OLD BILL
Mandatory three-year retention of phone numbers has greyed the boundaries of civil rights.
20 MARCH 2005
Silencing online expression is much more of a threat to journalism than blogging ever could be.
13 MARCH 2005
Physicist and performer Lynda Williams' strives to blend science and entertainment.
6 MARCH 2005
The internet represents "a genuine third medium of communication", says linguist professor David Crystal.
27 FEBRUARY 2005
Public expression is at risk because defamation law has yet to catch up with the internet.
20 FEBRUARY 2005
Why do we hand over intimate personal information to some strangers but not to others?
13 FEBRUARY 2005
It's a rare thing when the public are told that spies are operating in Ireland.
6 FEBRUARY 2005
Social networks have proved useful for selling stuff in the past. P2P could be the next wave.
30 JANUARY 2005
The Irish government has asked if a national identity card should be introduced. Will it get an answer?
23 JANUARY 2005
DIY journalism poses a challenge to existing notions of 'journalistic privilege' and protection of sources.
16 JANUARY 2005
I've just bought my first anti-gadget gadget and I intend using it as often as possible.
9 JANUARY 2005
This year will see attempts to strengthen governmental control over the internet.
2 JANUARY 2005