Big sharing shout out for 2014?

As we prepare to celebrate the demise of 2013, and more importantly the birth of a whole New Year, I find myself pondering some of the megatrends that will affect us all… High on this list is of course our exploding online social media networks, and the ubiquitous connectivity they have brought. One famous telco’s Read More

a network, or a spider’s web?

Have you noticed how recruitment has permeated your social media networks? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because to build a successful career we usually need to change jobs, every now and then, but… I worry about the noise and the clutter, and the gigantic social media ecosystems that are being created out there. LinkedIn Read More

Mosley tries for pre-publication privacy notice

Max Mosley is trying to make UK newspapers and magazines tell the subjects of stories before publication what they are about.  He claims this is necessary for those subjects to have their privacy defended. His lawyers were in the European Court of Human Rights today arguing that the UK should be told to introduce this Read More

Is he really a Wiked Witch?

Everyone in the media is closely following the current travails of Julian Assange and the ramifications of the Wikileaks news torrent. Whatever your political leanings, or opinion of the legal issues confronting Mr Assange (and I talk here of the civil suits threatened by the US among others, not the Swedish prosecutor’s charges), it is impossible to ignore the Read More

Wikileaks: a fine new institution worth defending

Wikileaks, the website devoted to leaking what the authorities don’t want us to know, faces two problems. It has internal problems to solve and it is being criticised for its revelations.  These revelations possibly put people in Afghanistan and Iraq in danger.  It has moved its operations to Sweden with its more liberal press laws Read More

Pressure on free speech to ease with Eady retirement

The pressure on free speech by the triple whammy of libel, privacy and injunctions should ease.   Mr Justice Eady is retiring as the senior judge in the High Court of England and Wales hearing those types of cases. Eady has given a string of decisions which have tightened privacy and opened the way for injunctions to stop Read More