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CW@50 - Celebrating 50 years of British technology innovation

Introduction

Computer Weekly has launched a major editorial programme to celebrate 50 years of British technology innovation. Why now? Well, quite simply because we are celebrating our 50th birthday – the 50th anniversary of the first issue of Computer Weekly, published on 22 September 1966.

We want to use this unique milestone in technology journalism to reflect on how much the British tech scene has contributed over that time – and of course, to celebrate our role in keeping IT professionals in touch with those developments week in, week out, for half a century.

We aim to put British innovation into context as the UK embarks on a period of decades to come when technology promises to change British culture and society, and the way we all live and work, more than any time in history. We believe the world is still in the early days of the digital revolution – we’re at a time akin to people walking in front of cars waving a red flag to warn passers-by. And we believe that British technology innovation has the potential to be at the forefront of that revolution – if we make the right decisions, and learn the lessons from our history.

150 years of UK IT-

1966 and all that - Computer Weekly's 50th anniversary

We look back on the state of UK IT at the time Computer Weekly was first published in 1966

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Computer Weekly at 50: Celebrating 50 years of British technology innovation

To celebrate the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the first issue of Computer Weekly, we launch a major editorial programme on British IT history Continue Reading

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CW@50: 1966 - Computer Weekly goes to bat for the British computer industry

Launched in 1966 as part of a modernising wave to change British society, Computer Weekly battled for the nation’s industry against the US, and saw IT as an entry ticket to the Common Market Continue Reading

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CW@50: The heyday of British computing - how the Brits ruled IT

We examine how the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s became an age of great innovation for the British computer industry Continue Reading

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CW@50: From ICL to ITIL

Standardisation helps industries to grow. Here in the UK, a number of highly influential standards emerged that have become building blocks for the modern computer industry Continue Reading

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CW@50: The next 50 years

As Computer Weekly celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look ahead to what we might be writing about in another 50 years from now Continue Reading

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Computer Weekly: Fifty years of IT

On September 20, 1966, Computer Weekly launched. Fifty years on, we look at the state of IT, and where it is heading Continue Reading

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The 50th anniversary commemorative issue

Computer Weekly published a special commemorative issue of the magazine to mark our 50th anniversary - download the 100-page special edition here

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Computer Weekly 50th anniversary special issue

To commemorate 50 years since the first issue of Computer Weekly, published a bumper 100-page special issue looking back at 50 years of British technology history Continue Reading

3British technology innovation-

The UK's contribution to 50 years of technology innovation

We look back at British IT innovation in the key areas of technology over the last 50 years

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CW@50: From Captain Kirk to 5G – 50 years of mobile

As Computer Weekly prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our first edition in 1966, we look back at 50 years of British innovation and development in mobile networking Continue Reading

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CW@50: Fertile British breeding grounds for information security innovation

Computer Weekly is marking its 50th anniversary this year with a series of articles celebrating 50 years of British technology innovation. In this article, we look at the evolution of information security threats and some of the British innovation to counter those threats Continue Reading

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CW@50: The story of the internet, and how it changed the world

Computer Weekly’s journey through 50 years of innovation in technology continues with a look back at the history of the internet and the huge changes it has brought to society Continue Reading

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CW@50: How UK home brew gave computing to the masses

From batch processing to the graphical user interface, from desktop PCs to smartphones, from luggables to wearables, computing has come a long way since Computer Weekly was first published in 1966. We look at some of the personal computers that paved the way Continue Reading

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CW@50: The changing face of the datacentre over the past 50 years

As Computer Weekly prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we take a look back at how the design and role of the datacentre has changed over the past five decades Continue Reading

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CW@50: The Great British chip invention

There is a link between the world’s first working computer and the world’s most successful chip: they are both British Continue Reading

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CW@50: Storage – From punched cards to flash and the cloud

Since the launch of Computer Weekly in 1966, we have moved from a world of punched cards and paper tape to one where flash and the cloud have revolutionised data storage Continue Reading

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CW@50: How networking became the core of IT

Compared with the network, Computer Weekly is but a sprightly youngster. We take a look back not at just 50, but 200 years of British innovation in communications technology Continue Reading

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CW@50: Spreadsheets and ERP – 50 years of software coding business

Business software has been a rich field for IT professionals over the past five decades, and we are on the cusp of a new era of customers rolling their own for competitive advantage Continue Reading

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CW@50: A history of IT outsourcing

Computer Weekly looks at where and when IT outsourcing was invented and considers the changes the sector has gone through since Continue Reading

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CW@50: Bugs, blunders and bad practices

Computer Weekly’s arrival on 22 September 1966 reflected a growing global industry and the hopes for British computing Continue Reading

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50 years of change in British working life

Technology has changed every business and the way that public services are delivered - we look back at the key developments in the past 50 years

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CW@50: The evolution of the CIO

From working in statistics departments to becoming a key part of any business transformation – as Computer Weekly gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we look back at the changing role of IT leaders Continue Reading

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CW@50: Networks replace hierarchies – how IT changed society

The first issue of Computer Weekly in 1966 predicted huge social changes from IT – but what has really changed in 50 years? Continue Reading

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CW@50: Women in technology – the shifting gender landscape

As Computer Weekly celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look back on the great women who have made technology as well as the IT industry possible Continue Reading

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CW@50: From bricks to clicks – how technology has changed the shopping experience

As Computer Weekly prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we look back at how retail has evolved from the small corner store of the 1960s to the omni-channel world of today Continue Reading

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CW@50: Government IT goes full circle in the space of 50 years

As Computer Weekly prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary this September, we take a look at how government IT has changed over the years Continue Reading

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CW@50: From local innovations to centralisation – 50 years of healthcare IT

From broom cupboards doubling as server rooms to teleprinters and green screens, as Computer Weekly prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday, we look back at NHS innovations, pitfalls and attempts to digitise over the past five decades Continue Reading

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What made the news in the past 50 years?

The Computer Weekly print archive is housed at the National Museum of Computing, whose experts selected the top IT news stories from each month over the last 50 years

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Computer Weekly@50: What happened in IT in March over the years

We search back through the Computer Weekly archives held at The National Museum of Computing to present what was happening in IT over the last five decades Continue Reading

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Computer Weekly@50: What was happening in IT in April over the years

We trawl The National Museum of Computing archives to present a history of IT, looking at what was happening in the month of April over the last 50 years Continue Reading

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Computer Weekly@50: What was happening in IT in June over the years

Significant articles published in the month of June over the last few decades from the Computer Weekly archives at The National Museum of Computing Continue Reading

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CW@50: News in July

In this month’s selection we have an article covering the July 1969 launch of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s “one small step.” Continue Reading

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CW@50: News in August

The National Museum of Computing has scanned in a selection of Computer Weekly’s articles from our archives Continue Reading

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CW@50: News in September

The National Museum of Computing has been looking into Computer Weekly’s 50 years of magazine issues from the month of September Continue Reading

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Celebrating 50 years of British technology innovation

To celebrate Computer Weekly's 50th anniversary, we hosted a special event in London to look at the current state and future opportunities for tech innovation in the UK - here are our videos from the event

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Computer Weekly @ 50: The future of us – how the next 50 years of tech will reshape the world

In this panel debate filmed at our 50th anniversary we contemplate how IT could evolve over the next 50 years

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Computer Weekly @ 50: The next big things in tech – a developers’ perspective

Leading technology experts discuss the trends in enterprise software and how this will impact future applications

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Liam Maxwell: How the UK government is supporting British Technology

A video of the presentation Liam Maxwell, national technology adviser, HM Government, gave at Computer Weekly’s 50th anniversary

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Computer Weekly @ 50: Working with startups - a CIO perspective

In this video, we speak to a panel of CIOs about best practices in working with IT startups

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Computer Weekly @ 50 startup interview: Pilgrim Beart, founder, DevicePilot

We speak to DevicePilot's founder, Pilgrim Beart, about using the cloud to monitor and secure mobile devices

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Computer Weekly @ 50 startup interview: Paul Green, creative director, Iotic Labs

We speak to Paul Green, creative director, Iotic Labs, about why the company has created an internet-like environment for things

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Computer Weekly @ 50 startup interview: Jamie Avi-Dan, CEO, ShareOptic

We speak to ShareOptic co-founder, Jamie Avi-Dan about his company is aiming to make cloud security affordable

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Computer Weekly @ 50 startup interview: Christine Hawkins, CEO, Info-CTRL

We speak to Christine Hawkins, CEO, Info-CTRL, on how the product consolidates a set of two-dimensional spreadsheets into a three-dimensional database

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Computer Weekly @ 50 startup interview: Callum Murray, MD, Amiqus

We discuss with Callum Murray, managing director of Amiqus, how the company uses machine learning and open data to build tools

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Computer Weekly @ 50 startup interview: Ky Nichol, CEO, Cutover

We speak to the CEO and co-founder of Cutover about what makes his company unique

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Computer Weekly @ 50 startup interview: Chris Dye, VP marketing, Glasswall Solutions

Chris Dye, VP of marketing explains how Glasswall helps organisations ensure electronic file and document integrity, security and assurance

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Adrian Davis discusses the evolution of security in the age of IoT

Cloud computing and the internet of things will have a major impact on how security is implemented going forward.

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