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Wearables at Work: The Challenges & the Opportunities

With research estimating that at least 13 million wearable devices will be integrated into employee wellness schemes by 2018, the various opportunities for wearables within the enterprise are quickly becoming a reality. The broader industry outlook is also very positive, with an estimated CAGR of 25.38% between now and 2019. This presents …

U.S. Passes the Buck to Parents on Children’s Education Data Protection

On February 26, the U.S. Department of Education launched the ‘Privacy Technical Assistance Center’ (PTAC), a website designed to act as a “One-stop resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems and other uses of student data.” This is the first …

The Arrival of Calm Technology

The Arrival of Calm Technology

A lot has changed in the past twenty years. It wasn’t that long ago that the most intrusive technologies in our lives consisted of the home telephone and direct marketing. These invasions of our privacy were easily curbed by even simpler tech solutions: the answering machine and a “no junk …

The War for Your Privacy

In the eyes of some, there is a raging battle for the privacy of the consumer Internet. In fact, The Guardian recently wrote that in the era of big data, the battle for privacy had already been fought and lost. I argued this point on LinkedIn recently, and made a …

A Tide in the Affairs of Me – Now is that Time

On this first day of June, with only weeks away to the global launch of Respect Network and Meeco, it seemed apt to pause and hit the reset button. My dear friend and great support Stephen Turner recently shared this great Shakespeare quote with me, as one of his supporters …

How much am I worth to the Internet?

As a nineteen year old University student, the biggest issue I face when it comes to data privacy, is trying to evade the prying eyes of my mum in such a way so as not to hurt her feelings by de-friending her (sorry mum). So when it was suggested that …

The Surveillance Economy

The term ‘surveillance economy’ came up a lot during my recent USA visit, so I started to do some research.  Over the coming weeks I’ll share more on the links between surveillance and the economy it generates. Just how much of our day-to-day life is under some kind of surveillance?  What …

Our data is our digital identity and we need to reclaim control

Our digital identity is at the mercy of the corporations and governments and we are giving it away freely. Watch the exclusive video edit for the Guardian. Consider the questions raised by Michael Moritz in The Data Factory. What do we ‘own’, what do we ‘agree’ to every day? What freedom are …


The Data Factory – How Your Free Labor Lets Tech Giants Grow The Wealth Gap

You’re the product, but when you’re sold, it’s only a lucky few who get rich. Technology lets big companies distribute tools that turn us into volunteers who contribute our time and data while they profit. In today’s TechCrunch Disrupt Keynote, Sequoia Capital’s Sir Michael Moritz detailed how the idea of the “Data Factory” has …