Alastair Crawford

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Alastair Crawford is CEO and founder of i-CD Publishing, the precursor to

An internet entrepreneur, he founded i-CD Publishing (UK) Ltd in 1997, which published the UK-info Disk range.[1] He was the first person to publish the electoral roll on CD ROM, which led to a legal dispute with Royal Mail, settled in 2004.[2] The case was mentioned in the book Silent State, by Heather Brooke.[3]

Crawford was also the first to publish a UK directory enquiry site (, and the first to challenge BT's monopoly of directory enquiries.[4]

Alastair lives in London and is an ex-Harrow School student.


  1. ^ Fleming, Sean (26 April 2000). "Is this CD the kidnappers' friend?". The Register. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Royal Mail loses database claim in dispute". Out-Law. 17 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
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  4. ^ Cross, Michael (8 November 2007). "'s founder raps 'pure greed' of data re-use system". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2011.