SCL Conference 2010: Session 1

October 14, 2010

The history session reminded me of what one so readily forgets: the centrality of IBM to the development of software and to the world in which IT lawyers practise.

Despite the fact that Harry Small gives the impression that he remembers the development of computer software, he’s not really that old. But he has, unsurprisingly, a grasp of the relevance of the past that helps the (mainly) younger IT lawyers appreciate the pertinence of this session.

In a world where’s TV advert can describe the Internet as the greatest invention of this century, there is clearly a real case for improving the understanding of the historical context of all this. We are probably condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past anyway, but at least that will allow some to shake their heads and say they should have known better.

The twitter feed is well worth checking out.