Sorry for the delay in writing this - had an evening event yesterday, so a bit short on time. Anyway, the themes from day 2 are these: - Channel 4 has got the bit between its teeth and is really going for the digital/social/content overlap space and will have a new 'channel' called 47 (four … Continue reading FT Digital Media conference day 2 – we are all in chains
Tomorrow the EU will announce the most far reaching reforms to data protection law ever (well, you know, other than when data protection was actually born, but that doesn't count). Viviane Reding, a 'let's get stuck in' EU Commissioner, will announce plans to reform data protection laws across Europe and finally remove the many and varied versions … Continue reading MASSIVE day for digital privacy
There is much harping in the press about how Google is bad, so nice today to see some positive stuff. With the Citizens Advice Bureau here in the UK, a nice little booklet (and other online resources, like videos) to keep you informed about how to keep you and information safe online. http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/news.google.co.uk/en/uk/goodtoknow/pdfs/booklet.pdf So, nice one Goog … Continue reading Good to Know (Google)
I was at the Walpole luxury e-commerce event yesterday and Guy, Julia and the team put on a great event with really high quality speakers. There were speakers from many fashion and publishing brands as well as speakers from the technology and social media industries. Interestingly - and perhaps a sign of the times - … Continue reading Walpole – where luxury meets ecommerce
It seems to have slipped out very quietly and has hardly been picked up in the press at all, but the future of European online business is up for grabs. And that's all online business, from nuts and bolts e-tail right through to new media services with lots inbetween. After ten years of our E-Commerce Directive … Continue reading 49 days to save the world (or, influence the future of online business)
The lovely people at KPMG have done a grand job on their report 'Consumers and Convergence IV' You can read it here: http://www.kpmg.com/global/en/issuesandinsights/articlespublications/consumers-and-convergence The takeaways are: privacy is still a hot topic, but we're prepared to give away stuff/be tracked if we get stuff of actual value back we're really on the mobile banking bandwagon online … Continue reading We are all digital consumers now – yay!
Yesterday the Con-Lib government published its more detiled coalition agreement. It's pretty thin on the ground in terms of the Digital Ecomomy Act and what might happen to it. But it does have some wider stuff in it worth reporting on: - we might get a British Bill of Rights - looks like they might … Continue reading Coalition agreement – snippets for us digitial people
From tomorrow there are new rules to protect consumers from landline misselling and slamming - see the Ofcom press release here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2010/03/nr_20100317 These can only be a good thing for consumers. I wonder why the 10% of turnover bite is not applied to other breaches of law which consumers find equally distressing, for example serious misuses of personal … Continue reading New Ofcom rules with bite – 10% of turnover bite!
The ruling on the Google Italy case is in, with Google employees being convicted. I can't put it simpler than to say: outrageous, outrageous, outrageous! Google should have been protected by the Ecommerce Directive as a host of the video and that should have been the end of it. The matter should never have come to … Continue reading Google Italy – Italian courts trash UGC business model
I didn't get to go to the Westminster eForum conference today on privacy and security, but my colleague Katherine Ollerhead did a nice summary for me. Thanks Katherine! "The key question that came out of the conference today was "Where should the balance be between individual privacy and public security?". Needless to say, no one had … Continue reading Sleepwalking into the surveillance state