Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson is a Principal Engineer in BBC Research & Development working on ways the BBC can deliver its public service mission online and is joint lead for the New Forms of Value research programme. A well-known technology journalist, Bill appears regularly on Digital Planet on BBC World Service radio and writes for a range of publications. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton and member of the Web Science Institute Advisory Board.  Bill has been working in, on and around the Internet since 1984 thinking, writing and speaking about the ways digital technologies are changing our world. During the 1990’s Bill was Internet Ambassador for PIPEX, the UK’s first commercial ISP where he developed websites for Comic Relief, the Edinburgh Fringe and Anne Campbell MP, before moving to Guardian Newspapers as Head of New Media. He established the paper’s first website in 1994 and was responsible for many online projects including Eurosoccer.com in 1996.  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 and from 2013-2016 he was a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Arts. He manages the website Working for an MP (w4mp.org).