It is the use of technology, not technology itself, that is important, veteran politician Tony Benn told IT leaders at a dinner last month to celebrate the National Computing Centre's 40th anniversary.
As minister for technology in 1966, Benn, who is attributed with coining the term "information technology", set up the NCC to act as an impartial source of advice to the IT user community. That year also saw the launch of Computer Weekly.
Congratulating the NCC on its "remarkable story" Benn said, "The key thing about all technology is what you use it for - that is where political and moral judgements come in. How technology is used is what really matters."