How To Fix The Future

I'm thrilled to announce that my new book, How To Fix The Future, will be released on February 5 in the US and March 6 in the UK. Rather than another critique of contemporary technology, it focuses on how people all over the world - from Estonia to Singapore to India to Brussels and Silicon Valley - are solving the most pressing problems of the digital revolution. I travelled 200,000 miles and interviewed more than 100 entrepreneurs, technologists and politicians to research the book. So it's packed with practical solutions to everything from surveilliance capitalism and fake news to internet addiction and the existential threat of artificial intelligence. 

Pre publication reviews have been very positive. It just got a starred review on Kirkus Reviews - the publishing industry's gold standard for reviewing new books. "Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world," Kirkus concluded. Booklist described it as "complex yet accessible" and Leonardo da Vinci author Walter Isaacson called the book "bracing" saying it "offers tools for righting our societies and principles to guide us into the future."

I've already got quite a busy schedule for the first half of next year, so please let me know if you want to book a How To Fix The Future speech. Journalists should email if they want review copies. And all early orders or would also, of course, be much appreciated.

Futurecast Event, December 13th

What's going to happen to tech in 2018? Is it going to be the year of AI, VR, AR, IoT or Blockchain? Or will everything come crashing down again, as it did in 2000? Few people are better positioned to peer presciently into the future than Ina Fried, Chief Technology correspondent for Axios and one of Silicon Valley's most farsighted writers. So I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be interviewing her at our final Futurecast of the year, in the evening of December 13, at the Palo Alto Foundry. Expect a festive crowd of entrepreneurs, investors and technologists as well as a fascinating glimpse into the future from Ina Fried and our other guests. Please RSVP if you can come. 

In other news, my latest Innovate2017 Techcrunch show features an interview with Rappler founder Maria Ressa and the Oxford Internet Institute's Phil Howard - co-winners of the prestigious 2017 Democracy Award from the DC based National Democratic Institute. Both Ressa and Howard are on the frontlines of the war against fake news and we should do everything we can to support their invaluable work. See also my latest take on Silicon Valley for the UK website Unherd. And also read an interview I did for LitHub with the former editor of the New Republic, Frank Foer, about the existential threat of big tech. 

I'm just back from Kitzbuhel in Austria where I spoke at ReComm alongside (for my sins) Nigel Farage. And at the end of next week, on Friday December 8, I'll be giving a keynote at one of my favorite annual events - the OEB elearning conference in Berlin. Please let me know if you'll be there.

I'm not sure whether 2018 will the year of AI, VR, AR, IoT, Blockchain or, for that matter, an existential crisis of big tech. What I do know, however, is that ou Futurecast event on December 13 in Palo Alto will inspire you to reimagine the future of tech. So really hope to see you on December 13 at the Foundry.

New York City, St Petersburg, Rekjavik

So how do we fix the future? That's the question I'll be discussing with the founder of ViaEuropa Deutschland, Anke Domscheit-Berg at DLD New York this Thursday, May 11. Our discussion kicks off the event at 8.30 am - so get there early if you want to hear the very stimulating Domscheit-Berg. How To Fix The Future? Hmmm. Good question. Somebody should write a book about that. 

If you can't make it to New York, then I'll be in St Petersburg June 1-3 for the Russian Davos - the St Petersburg Economic Forum. I did request an opportunity to interview Vladimir Putin - but that slot, apparently, has been filled. So i'm moderating an "Is big data a national asset or a commodity?"  panel with (they promise) Jeff Bezos, the EU Commissioner of a Single Digital Market and lots of important Russians. Hmmm. Might be fun. 

And then I'm off to Rekjavik June 8-9 for the OEB MidSummit where I'll be moderating a debate between e-learning superstars (if that's not a contradiction in terms) Roger Schank and Donald Clark. I've heard that it's a bit dark and miserable in Iceland in June. But we'll see.

Finally, for those of who happen to find yourself on a certain High Road in N17 this coming Sunday afternoon, I'll be there. 

Hope to see you somewhere soon. It's going to be a fun few weeks. 


Futurecast coming to Los Angeles on May 18!

Futurecast is back on the road. Having done events in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Washington DC, we are now headed to Los Angeles for a very special evening at the Fox Studios in Century City. On May 18,  I'll be interviewing Hanno Basse, the CTO of 20th Century Film Corp, about the future of video entertainment. As always, the event will be both intimate and interactive and we are looking forward to having some of LA's most innovative entrepreneurs, investors and media execs in our audience. If you want to come, please RSVP. I look forward to seeing you.

For my East Coast friends, I'll be at DLD NYC tomorrow and Wednesday, recording some shows for my TechcrunchTV INNOVATE2016 show. So please let me know if you are around.

Also check out my Guardian interview with the Estonian President, Toomas Henrik Ilves. Fascinating guy and even more fascinating country. Much more to come from me on this Eastern front over the next few months.

Hope to see you somewhere soon.

Is that a ROBOT in your pocket

or are you just pleased to see me?

I'll be debating the promise of that little ROBOT in your pocket in New York on Wednesday evening. Intelligence Squared are holding one their Oxford style debates at the 92nd Street Y and i'm thrilled to be partnering with my friend Jaron Lanier on the skeptics team. I think there are a few tickets left. Hope to see you there for what should be a memorable evening.

From New York, I go to Berlin, where I'm speaking about virtual public space at the Demo-Polis event on Friday evening. And I'm in Moscow early the following week, launching the Russian language version of THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER with a lecture at Bauman Moscow State Technological University. Then I go to Estonia where I'm excited to be interviewing their President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. 

Busy busy busy. I'll need that little ROBOT in my pocket to remind me where I am.

I've been busy recently on the writing front. Here's why we should be worried, very worried indeed, about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs. Here's my defense of children's safety against free speech fundamentalists. And here's my take on the first skirmish in the looming war between Apple and the US government. 

My Techcrunch Innovate2016 show is also keeping me busy. See, in particular, my interview with the French Economics Minister Emmanuel Macron who insists that France is back. Perhaps. What is certain, however, is that Macron is the next big thing in France. You couldn't make a ROBOT half as smooth as him. 

Up the Spurs! (where I'll be on March 17 for the Dortmund game). 

Happy New Year!!

and let's hope it's a good for all of us.

2015 was certainly a great year for me. The Internet Is Not The Answer has exceeded all my expectations in terms of both sales and reviews. The book got into a number of "best of the year" lists including Kazuo Ishiguro who wrote that it was "the most compelling, persuasive and passionately negative thing I've yet read on this topic." It also featured centrally in this week's Washington Post piece about the new movement ofdigital dissenters. Much more to come in 2016 including paperback editions in the UK & US as well as Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese language editions.

2015 was also a great year for Futurecast including memorable interviews with Steve CaseBen Jealous andDavid Hornik. Futurecast starts early in 2016 with a Monday January 4 event at the AT&T Developer conference in Las Vegas featuring my old friend Robert Scoble. Sign up has been amazing, so let me know if you want a ticket. 

Other personal highlights of 2015 include my new Techcrunch show, INNOVATE2016, focusing on the intersection of tech and the upcoming Presidential election. This month I was in Las Vegas for the Republican debate. I also flew to Baltimore to talk with Martin O'Malley and plan to interview a number of the other candidates in early 2016. I've also started a new column on The Next Web with recent pieces about digital addiction and unemployment

And there's much more to come in early 2016. I'll be interviewing the French Economics minister Emmanuel Macron at CES in the evening of Wednesday January 6. Then I'll be in Munich for DLD where I'll be moderating a panel about "The New World Order" on Sunday January. So hope to see you somewhere in the early new year.

Happy New Year!!





I'm having a lot of fun with my new Techcrunch show, INNOVATE2016. This week, Iinterviewed California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who argued that American politics needs to be systemically reinvented. Radical stuff from the guy who is likely to be the next Californian Governor. Last week, I talked with Ben Jealous, former CEO of the NCAAP and now a partner at Kapor Capital, about how digital technology can help correct systemic social problems. And as we get closer to the 2016 election, expect to see some equally interesting guests on INNOVATE2016 - including leading Presidential candidates from both parties.

Speaking of technology's potential to improve our lives, I participated in a very entertaining conversation about big data last week in Berlin with MIT's Sandy Pentland. I'm not really sure who won - indeed, what was striking about the Vodaphone event was the level of agreement between us. I wish every "debate" between so-called techno-optimists and pessimists was conducted with this kind of civility and good faith.

I still have a few more trips before the end of the year. I'll be in New York City for a World Economic Forum "Future of the Internet" event on December 1st. I hope to be in Baltimore to interview Governor O'Malley at some point in December and I'll definitely be in Las Vegas for the next Republican debate on December 15. I'll also be in the UK in the week of December 7 for a Ditchley Foundation conference about the digital economy. So please let me know if you want to get together.

The paperback version of the Internet Is Not The Answer has just been published in the UK with this very generous review in the Guardian. Yes, the digital dream probably has died - but that's only the beginning of the story. The challenge now is to fix the future before this dream becomes a nightmare. This challenge will be my focus in 2016 and beyond. 

Fab Futurecast

Our latest Futurecast events have been particularly memorable. Last month, I hosted Ben Jealous, the former CEO of the NAACP, for a really stimulating conversation about diversity in tech (video highlights to come). And this coming Thursday evening in Palo Alto, I'm interviewing David Hornik, General Partner at August Capital, to get one of Silicon Valley's smartest venture capitalist's take on all the hottest tech trends - from artificial intelligence and virtual reality to drones and (even) hoverboards. We've still got a couple of tickets available, so please RSVP if you are free this coming Thursday (October 29th) evening in Palo Alto. 

This will be the last Futurecast of 2015, but lots more to come in 2016 including an inaugeral one in Las Vegas on January 4th, just before CES. But my 2015 is far from finished. October was pretty insane with speeches in Stockholm, New York City, Altanta, Dusseldorf, London, Tel Aviv, Singapore and Prague. And the first half of November is going to be pretty hectic too, with events in Amsterdam, Milan and Berlin. I'm particularly looking forward to the Berlin event on November 12th, where I'll be debating MIT's Sandy Pentland about the ups and downs of big data. If I beat him, I hope he'll shave off his beard.

Really hope to see you at the Foundry in Palo Alto on Thursday evening.

September strolls and saunters

Happy September! As always, my month is really hectic. I'm in Berlin at this coming weekend, speaking at TEDx on Sunday 9/6, at the Adlershof on Monday evening 9/7 about my new book, and at IFA Summit on the morning of Tues 9/8 in a debate about big data. I'm back in Bay Area on 9/10 for our first Futurecast of the Fall, featuring the Stanford professor of creativity Tina Seelig. I'm in Detroit 9/15 for the Techonomy conference, where I'm moderating a couple of panels about the future of work and mobile connectivity. And then I'm back in Europe the following week: speaking at Osterreichische Medientage on 9/23, the Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft in Zurich on 9/24, and the Gothenburg book fair on 9/26-27, to launch the Swedish language version of my book. 

I'm particularly excited by my Futurecast event with Tina Seelig on 9/10 in Palo Alto. Her new book about creativity, Insight Out, is a great read and her publisher has generously donated copies to the first 50 people who arrive at the Foundry that evening. So please RSVP and make sure you come early, not only for the networking drinks and nibbles, but also to get a free copy of Tina's new book. 

I'm also excited to have just launched a new TechcrunchTV interview show entitled INNOVATE2016. The show focus on the impact of disruptive technology on the upcoming election and early interviews include the CrowdPAC CEO Steve Hilton, political pundit Larry Downes, and Zignal Labs CEO Josh Ginsberg. Upcoming guests will include prominent Presidential candidates from both parties, so this should be a really fun series.

Hope to catch you somewhere, sometime this month.

Jaunty June

June will, I hope, be jaunty. I'm starting with a couple of engaging Futurecast events. The first is this coming Thursday (June 4) in Palo Alto, when I interview Nir Eyal, the author of the excellent Hooked, about the ups and downs of addictive technology. Then on Monday June 8, Futurecast comes to Washington DC, where I'm in conversation with former AOL CEO Steve Case about innovation outside Silicon Valley. We've still got a few seats left for each event, so please let me know if you want to come.

The Internet Is Not The Answer continues to make news. This coming Saturday June 6, I'll be speaking in Berkeley about the book at the Bay Area Book Festival. Then on June 11, I'm in Germany, keynoting the Interactive Cologne Festival. On June 12, I'm in London, at the Vanity Fair/Intelligence Squared Digital Summit, doing a Jeremy Paxman moderated debate about the (failed) Internet utopia. On June 16, I'm in Munich, speaking at the W&V Marketing Conference. Then on June 17, I'm back in London, in conversation at an Idler magazine event with the writer Will Self. On June 18, I'm speaking at the Sunday Times Festival of Education in Berkshire. And hence to Toronto, where I'm schlepping my shtick to Moses Znaimer's Ideacity conference on June 19. 

Phew. What's Yiddish for jaunty?

Enjoy your June.

What's the question?

With Uber's new $50 billion valuation, we urgently need a sanity check on the sharing economy. Here's my take in this morning's Wall Street Journal on why Uber is bad for working people. Here's my explanation on this yesterday's NBC Press Here show on why Silicon Valley is compounding inequality. And here's my argument on this Saturday's WGBH Innovation Hub show on why the Internet is definitely not the answer. 

So is smart technology (except this email, of course) making us dumb? Nick Carr and I will be in New York this coming Wednesday (May 13) evening arguing that it does. We won't take any prisoners and I trust this Intelligence Squared debate will be a bloodbath. The event is sold out, but I can probably wangle a few media passes if you ask nicely. Then (if I survive), I'll be back in the Bay Area next Wednesday (May 20), speaking at Kepler's bookstore in the evening and doing a public interview with Angie Coiro in Kepler's at lunchtime. 

For the rest of May, I'll be in Europe. On May 23, I'm in Milan where I'll be exposing the nuovi plutocrati del web at Wired's NextFest conference.
 And from sunny Italy, I'll be treking to rainy Wales, where, on May 25, I'm speaking at the Hay Festival. My question at Hay: "What's The Question?"

So perhaps you can help me prepare for Hay in May. What, exactly, is the question?


And the beat goes on. Our inaugeral Futurecast of 2015 was held on Wednesday at the Foundry in Palo Alto. It featured the movie director Robin Hauser Reynolds, Recode CEO Kara Swisher and a boisterous audience of 75 entrepreneurs, investors and academics. Our subject, riffing off Reynold's upcoming documentary, was the cost of the gender gap in the technology industry and, as you can imagine, the conversation was both spirited and controversial. We'll be broadcasting some video highlights in the next couple of weeks.

I'm on the road for most of the rest of the month. I'll be at SXSW in Austin this Sunday,debating Clive Thompson about whether or not the Internet is the answer. Next Tuesday evening, I'm being interviewed by Elizabeth Stark at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. And then on Wednesday, I'm speaking in New York City at the Association of American Publishers annual general meeting, where other speakers include Cornell West and David Brooks. 

The weekend of March 22-23, I'll be by the seaside in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, for Julia Hobsbawn's always excellent Names Not Numbers conference which this year includes such diverse speakers as the novelist Elif Sharak and the historian Simon Schama. I'll be on a panel which asks whether the Internet should be the operating system for the 21st century. I'll also be interviewing my old friend Esther Dyson about the impact of technology on the healthcare system.  

And the following week, I'm in Italy to launch 
INTERNET NON È LA RISPOSTA. On Tuesday evening 3/24, I'll be speaking at Il Circolo Dei Lettori  in Turin. Then on Wednesday 3/25, I'll in Milan tospeak at a Meeting The Media Guru event. 

March madness indeed. Happy (almost) Spring.


Yes, be very very scared. You see, the robots are coming and they will destroy our livelihood. That, at least, is the premise of an Intelligence Squared debate I'm doing with Walter Isaacson, George Magnus and Pippa Malgrem in London on Monday evening. If you happen to be around, I think there are still a few tickets left. If not, it will be broadcast on BBC World in the next couple of weeks. And to get you really horrified, read my "March of the Robots" warning in the Sunday Times, which ran last weekend. 

I'm in Europe all of next week. On Tuesday, I'm off to Barcelona where I'm compering an Ericsson event about the impact of video on wireless technology at the Mobile World Conference. On Wednesday, I'm being interviewed about The Internet Is Not The Answer in Barcelona. On Thursday, I'm back in London where I'll be interviewed by Google's European Head of Communications Peter Barron about my book at a special Google grilling. Then on Thursday evening, I'm at the Bath Literature Festival where I'll be involved in a debate about whether we've reached digital overload. No prizes for guessing which side of this debate I'll be on. 

The book continues to make waves. The Great Internet SwindleThe Guardian wrote about it, while the paper's weekly podcast show was dedicated to a conversation with me.  And there have been numerous other podcastsreviews and interviews. Last weekend, I even had an essay about how the Internet is "destroying" us published in the Daily Mail which, in true DM fashion, ellicited much outrage. 

Be afraid, be very afraid. 

Spiders & Socialites

Gentleman's Quarterly just came out with their 100 Most Connected Men of 2015.  Listed amongst the notable "spiders" & "socialites" was yours truly - who GQ described as the "most famous British tech voice in the US". Ha! That's like being backhanded as "the most famous US intellectual voice in Britain". In our listicle culture, I'll take it though. Next year, my ambition is to make their 100 Worst Dressed Men list. 

No review for The Internet Is Not The Answer in GQ. But many other newspapers - including The San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian and the London Sunday Times (paywall) - have all run very complimentary TIINTA reviews and interviews in the last few days. And just to balance things out, my frenemy Matt Ingrams lists six reasons why I'm wrong, while the Los Angeles Times brutalized the book. I'm still waiting for the review that describes TIINTA as an epic fucking fail. It will come, of course.

I'm in the UK and Ireland this week, launching the English language version of TIINTA. My dear friend Julia Hobsbawn is putting on a sold-out event at News Corp on Wednesday evening. I'm then in Boston next Tuesday, speaking at MIT and the Harvard Bookstore. And on Wednesday & Thursday of next week, I'm at the Rebooting Congress institutionalized insurrection in DC, where I'll be moderating sessions on big data and network neutrality. It promises to be an intriguing uprising. Other DC insurrectionists include those truly epic fails Ted Cruz & Rand Paul. 

A German Hit!

I'm just back from a whirlwind tour of Berlin, Brussels and Munich. I'm thrilled that The Internet Is Not The Answer appears to have struck a nerve in Germany. The book, which was only released last weekend, immediately jumped into the top 50 of the German Amazon best-sellers before selling out and is now into its second printing. I was interviewed on the main ZDF national tv news show and featured in numerous major German newspapers, magazines, radio and websites. Best of all, check out my heated DLD debate in Munich with Mike Butcher, Techcrunch's European editor.

I'm also extremely pleased with the book's progress in the USA. I've been reviewed across the board including The Economist, Christian Science Monitor and San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed on Bloomberg TV and Slate's The Gist, and featured on popular radio shows like WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show and WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show. And on Sunday at 8.00 & 11.00 pm EST, C-SPAN will be running a most amusing full hour interview I did with the station's executive chairman and founder Brian Lamb.

But the best may still be to come. Next Monday, I'm in Toronto, doing a debate with Mitch Joel at the opening lunch of Advertising Week's FFWD conference and an evening speech at the University of Toronto's Rotman School. I'm back in the Bay Area on Tuesday,
at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco in conversation with the popular novelist Robin Sloan. . Next Thursday, I'm in Los Angeles for the breakfast Live Talks Business Forum and then at in the afternoon for a book launch discussion hosted by my friend Michael Fertik.

TIINTA Grand Tour: DC, Berlin, Munich & Brussels

TIINTA has launched! I've already had an avalanche of columnsreviews, podcasts, videos and tweets about the book. USA Today included it as one of their three buzziest books in January, Amazon made it one their top business books of the month with Amazon's editorial director recommending it as one of the five books which that noted bibliophile, Mark Zuckerberg, should read.

Over the next week, I'll be in DC, Berlin, Munich and Brussels talking about TIINTA. On Thursday I'm in DC, first appearing at a Copyright Alliance lunchtime event on the Hill with Camper Von Beethoven's David Lowery, then at DC's Politics and Prose bookstore in the early evening. On Friday evening, I'm explaining why the Internet is not the answer at the American Academy in Berlin. At Monday lunchtime, I'm being interviewed by Techcrunch European editor Mike Butcher at DLD in Munich, then in the evening I'm in conversation with the journalist Knut Cordsen at the very cool Muffatwork in Munich. And next Tuesday, I'm keynoting the Bertelsmann Let's Go Connected conference in Brussels. 

Madness, eh? So please let me know if you want to get together, do an interview, have a drink or just make friends. 

Hope your year is also starting with a big bang.


Keen On launches on Techonomy

I'm thrilled to announce that my Keen On interview show, which has been hosted by Techcrunch for the last four and a half years, has moved to David Kirkpatrick's Techonomy Media. Given Techonomy's focus on techonology, business and politics, it's a natural home for Keen On, and I'm really looking forward to working closely with David and his team on making it one of the Internet's top talk shows. We launched this week with an interview of Walter Isaacson, who discusses his excellent new book The Innovators. Upcoming shows include conversations with venture capitalist Tim Draper and Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun.

My move was timed to coincide with Techonomy's main conference of the year - at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, beginning this Sunday. We'll be streaming some live interviews for my show. I'll also be moderating a panel entitled "Confronting the Internet Counter-Reaction" that includes the Pullitzer prize winning journalist Barton Gellman and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Defense Minister. And I'll be representing the Internet counter-reaction myself, when I will explain why The Internet Is Not The Answer. Other speakers at Techonomy this year include Peter Thiel, Jaron Lanier and Reid Hoffman. So I hope to see some of you this weekend.

On Tuesday of next week, I fly to Vienna, where I'll be speaking at the 6th Global Drucker Forum, the annual event dedicated to the ideas of the management theorist Peter Drucker. Other speakers include Harvard's Clay Christensen, the FT's Martin Wolf and the Economist's Adrian Wooldridge. My panel is entitled "Digital Technology: An Engine for Human and Economic Prosperity?" features John Hagel from Deloitte, Didier Bonnet from Capgemini and Christian Stocker, the editor of Spiegel Online. My message, of course, is that digital technology isn't much of an engine of either human or economic prosperity. And I look forward to making it in Vienna, the natural home of such messages.

Now in Vienna there are ten pretty women...

Detroit, New York, DC & London

Greetings from Detroit! I'm here to speak at Techonomy Detroit on Tuesday - first to explain why the Internet is not the answer, then to moderate a great panel about startups, cities and sustaining innovation. I'm speaking immediately before Jack Dorsey, so Tuesday should be really fun. I'll be in New York City later this week and then will be in DC on Saturday morning where I'm in conversation with New Republic editor-in-chief Franklin Foerr at the NAIBA conference about the good and the bad of Internet technology. Next week, I'm back in the Bay Area. And the week of September 28, I'm in London.

As always, it would be great to get together. Hope to see you somewhere this month.

Killer Fall FutureCast Line-up

The Ninjas are coming! Our next Palo Alto FutureCast, in the evening of Thursday September 11, features Gary Shapiro, the CEO & President of the Consumer Electronics Assocation and the author of the best-selling Ninja Innovation: 10 Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses. Gary and I will banter about how both big and small companies can best innovate in today's increasingly dynamic economy. As usual, the evening will be extremely interactive and fun, featuring the opinions of our amazing audience as well as demos of particularly innovative products. And, as usual, we'll kick off at the AT&T Foundry with cocktails from 5.30 to 6.30 and then the main event from 6.30 to around 7.45. It's not just the Ninjas that are coming to FutureCast this Fall. On October 9, we'll be holding an event at the AT&T Foundry in Atlanta, featuring a conversation with Larry Downes, the author of Big Bang Disruption and many other brilliant books about technology and business. Then on November 5, we'll be back at the Palo Alto Foundry, with the legendary Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Google X and CEO of Udacity.

All FutureCast events are invitation only. So please let me know if you'd like to come on September 11 to discover the killer strategies of the world's most innovative companies.  And Gary has generously donated 50 copies of Ninja Innovation, which he will personally sign. So the first lucky 50 guests who show up at the Foundry that evening will also get free copies of this great book.

Hope to see you in a couple of weeks.


Sometimes one gets lucky. Last year, at Julia Hobsbawn's Names Not Numbers conference in the lovely little town of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, I had the great fortune to meet the Atlantic Books CEO Toby Mundy. Over a long lunch on the seafront, Toby convinced me to write a book synthesizing all my ideas about the Internet. The book was originally entitled "Epic Fail". But having sold the American rights to Morgan Entrekin, the publisher of Grove Atlantic in New York, Morgan wisely convinced us to change its name to THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER. Toby is a great salesman. "It'll be easy," he promised me. "Just summarize everything you know about the Internet". But books, of course, are anything but easy and, even with Toby and Morgan's expert editorial guidance, THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER has taken me a year to write. But I'm thrilled to announce that it's now finished and will be published by Grove Atlantic in the United States in January and by Atlantic Books in the UK in February. A Random House German language edition will also be published in January. And there will be Italian and Chinese versions published early next year as well, I hope, as many other foreign editions.

Now comes the fun part. We'll have some uncorrected galleys of the book available later in August, and review copies available soon after. Between now and the end of the year, I'll be previewing its main ideas at a number of conferences - including WPP's Stream in Athens, the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Techonomy in Half Moon Bay and Business Insider's Ignition in New York City. Beginning in November, I'll also be available for interviews.

So please let me know if you are interested in getting a review copy of THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER, run some media about it or have me speak at your event. Having spent the last year silently writing the damn thing, I'm going to enjoy spending the next year making a lot of noise about it.

I'm off to Greece now for some fun. Enjoy your summer!