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Switched On

Unions have seen the light about new technology — although not necessarily in the ways outsiders might expect. Report from a major conference on unions and the internet.


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Email privacy is a trade union issue

Did you know that sending email is like sending a postcard? Just as a postcard can be read by everyone who handles it on its way to its destination, so email is open to reading…


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10 ways to promote your branch’s website

Publicizing a website is a tricky business. There are people who earn their living by publicizing other people’s websites. You can spend thousands of pounds – if you have them – publicizing your site. Or,…


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Better searching on the Internet

The two most popular things people do on the Internet are: (1) search for things and (2) wait for pages to download. The latter is always and the former is often a huge waste of…


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How the Internet is changing unions

There is little debate any more about how much the Internet has changed the world — it is now widely understood that the emergence of a global computer communications network is an event comparable to…


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Can I help your union?

I have been designing websites since the early 1990s, have worked with Perl, PHP, XHTML, CSS, RSS, JavaScript, etc. The websites I build for unions are low-cost, quick to setup, easy to run and provide…


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An end to ‘lost texts’

I can still remember the excitement we felt upon discovering Goldwater’s bookshop on an upper floor of a small office building on east 12th street in New York City.