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The Internet Is Only Permanent When You Don’t Want It to Be

Why everything is online forever. Except when it’s not.

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At university, one of my supervisors had a book of Sappho’s poetry on his desk. In her heyday, Sappho was considered the greatest poet of all time and was nicknamed “the Tenth Muse,” the 7th-century BC equivalent of calling Bruce Springsteen “the Boss.” Most of Sappho’s…



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Simon Pitt

Media techie, software person, and web-stuff doer. Head of Corporate Digital at BBC, CTO of NSN, but views my own. More at