Hi. This is my personal blog. I started it while Chief Executive of Reuters for the reasons I describe in the post "More Recursive Loops -- A Blog on Blogging." I found that I enjoyed writing on my own schedule and continued the practice during the last few years as CEO of Thomson Reuters.


Now that I have stepped down as Chief Executive of Thomson Reuters, there should be less confusion as to the purpose of these writings. For my part, I shall feel less constrained than while associated with the company to comment on items which Reuters journalists may be writing about or which might not live up to the requirements of independence and freedom from political affiliation imposed by the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


I'm going to continue to write about what interests me, such as the transition from analog to digital across various media, as well as wider issues in technology, economics and politics. I will also continue to write about the small delights and ironies in every day life such as marriage to an independently-minded Finn for over a quarter century and the joys of bringing up our two kids.


Above all my aim is to engage in an electronic dialog with whomever wants to comment on a post or otherwise share their views. The views I express are totally my own and do not represent the position of any organization with which I may be affiliated.

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The Amazing Mets

I felt I should let a little time pass since the loss last week by the New York Mets to the Kansas City Royals in the “World” Series. The time to perhaps let my sense of disappointment drain out from what had been a reservoir of hope. The time also to see the emerging outlines Read More

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Byzantine Generals

I have been devoting substantial time and attention this year to understanding bitcoin and the blockchain, and meeting with the start-ups and established institutions seeking to apply these technologies to the financial markets. In this I am hardly alone. While I find the invention of a new currency independent of central bank control and possessing Read More

Donald Trump and the Kardashianization of American Politics

It was bound to come to this. At the intersection of sound bite politics and celebrities who are famous for being famous, comes Donald Trump, comb-over and mouthpiece extraordinaire. There are so many amusing angles from which to criticize Mr. Trump, it is difficult to know where to begin. I start with The Donald’s business Read More

Will I Live to Land on a Third Runway at Heathrow?

This is admittedly, even for me, a strange existential question. Perhaps this is not so unusual. We tend to be interested in the things we spend a lot of time on — thus are born hobbies. In my case, as attested in these pages,that drives me to write about my family, media and technology, financial Read More

Whither Twitter?

The resignation this week of the talented Dick Costolo ‎ as CEO of Twitter raises the question of whether a mere leadership change at the company is needed or a complete product, strategy and investor relations re-think. First, I need to declare that I’m a huge fan of Twitter the service. It is a brilliantly Read More

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