Hi, I’m Richard King, and this is my blog.
I’ve been helping people to understand and exploit technology since before the turn of the century. When the World Wide Web went mainstream I was studying electronics at Sheffield university, as well as helping to run its computing society. Or was it the other way round? Anyway, I’ve watched the Internet evolve from academic curiosity, through geek toy, beyond commercial medium and into part of the critical infrastructure of nations.
In 2006 I became involved in the Open Rights Group and I started this blog around the same time, partly as a learning exercise, partly to express my thinking on issues of privacy, security and politics.
I have volunteered variously as an evangelist, copy-writer, editor, newsblogger and wiki maintainer for the Open Rights Group. I was appointed to their supporters council in 2012 and I started ORG Sheffield – a local chapter of the group that meets regularly to discuss digital rights issues – in the same year.
Until 2013 Richard’s Kingdom was focussed exclusively on campaigning for the preservation and enhancement of the freedoms those Internet pioneers took for granted, and fighting for the interests of society in the digital era, however I’m now steering it in a more personal direction. There will still be plenty of posts about digital rights but I’ll also be using this outlet to deposit thoughts on the wider world of technology, music, work, life and what I had for breakfast this morning.
In real life I have been a senior engineer specialising in the design and integration of complex, high-technology systems; I have worked as a software consultant in the UK higher-education sector; and I’m now gainfully employed as an analyst designing student management systems for Further Education Institutions at home and abroad. There’s more about my professional life on LinkedIn.
Thanks for reading!