Diversity across a decade

With eleven days left of a turbulent ten years, I’m following the fashion of reflection but looking ahead to the promise of the impending Twenties. In January 2010 I was comfortable in a senior financial position with a FTSE 100 subsidiary. Today, I’m in the process of writing my fifth book (fiction) and awaiting publication…

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Who can be trusted with our personal data?

There are shivers in Silicon Valley as the data protection winter approaches. Hard on the heels of the May 2018 implementation of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) covering personal data, the California Consumer Privacy Act 2018 (CCPA) passed through the state legislature in August. The long and difficult labor which preceded the birth of…

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Initial Coin Offerings – Snake Oil or Saviour?

Blockchain landscape

2017 was the year that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) hit the technical business press, and cryptocurrency stepped out of the shadows. It’s been a remarkable ride: in June, when finalising details of my novel Bitcoin Hurricane, the publisher asked whether Bitcoin was well enough known for the book to sell. By Christmas, at every signing…

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Who takes ethical responsibility for social media influence? | Center for Digital Ethics & Policy

There’s a storm brewing, and social media is at its eye. For a decade, businesses and politicians have increasingly used both Twitter and Facebook as convenient mouthpieces. Twitter’s values declare: “We believe in free expression and think every voice has the power to impact the world.” Facebook’s mission is to “bring the world closer together.”…

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Advancing More Women in Tech is Everyone’s Challenge

Women in Tech… it’s a topic that is everywhere at the moment. I have attended half a dozen events in the last few months alone. It’s clear that there is a problem when, as the director of Digital City reminded us, the proportion of women in tech falls from 17% to 10%. However, it is…

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Opening Pandora’s Box: legal risks on the SE/CE curve

Scales of justice

Potentially the most serious risk for any business is communicating the wrong things over the wrong medium. Lengthy court actions can be won or lost over communication error.  With social media opening communication up across the online space, and the lines between personal and business matters being increasingly blurred, companies need to take real care.…

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