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William Bowles

William Bowles first ‘stumbled’ over computers during his art school days in the 1960s but his involvement with them as powerful tools of communication started in 1979 in New York.

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William Bowles first ‘stumbled’ over computers during his art school days in the 1960s but his involvement with them as powerful tools of communication started in 1979 in New York. He immediately realised that they were truly two-edged swords that could either assist in our liberation or assist in our enslavement. In 1984, he pioneered the use of Bulletin Board Systems to network independent news and then in 1985 took part in the creation of one of the first non-corporate global electronic publishing ventures, SouthScan, a weekly bulletin of news on Southern Africa. This was followed by another first in integrating electronic news with radio broadcasting at WBAI-FM in New York. In 1988, he began over a decade of involvement with the use of electronic communications and the liberation movement in South Africa, Namibia and El Salvador, culminating in his directing the development of the Election Information Unit for the African National Congress’s 1994 election campaign, followed by the creation of Africa‚Äôs first digital multi-media centre for the democratic movement based in COSATU. Since then, he has developed products for the publishing industry, lectured in online publishing for journalists, written two novels and three documentary film scripts for South African television. He currently publishes and writes for a current affairs Website, Investigating ‘new’ Imperialism, as well as consulting and developing business plans and project management for the ‘cultural production’ industry.