Know where the legal line lies in what you can and cannot say online

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If you need further evidence that social media is now very much part of the fabric of contemporary society, it comes in the form of an initiative by the Attorney General’s Office designed “to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court.” Attorney General for England and Wales Dominic Grieve, QC, MP […]

Filters and trust

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As we get exposed to more and more information online, two elements assume great importance – filtering in the things we want to see; and verifying those things so we trust our filtered-in information along with the purveyors of it. The former is easier done than the latter: there are apps, algorithms and all manner […]

A simple solution for EDF Energy’s marketing problem

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So EDF Energy has told its customers it can only recommend lower cost gas and electricity tariffs on annual bills if they “opt in” to receive advertising material. Reading the report in today’s Telegraph, I was pretty sure that EDF Energy’s intention surely couldn’t be a cop-out to telling customers about better energy deals. That […]

Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day

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Amid the conflict, awful tragedy and human suffering constantly occupying centre stage in mainstream media reporting about the Middle East, one man tries to explain the relationship complexities of, among, between, within and without key countries, states and individuals;  and countries outside the region. Financial Times reader K.N. Al-Sabah writes a letter to the editor […]

Too much FUD and too little facts about fracking

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If there’s one major issue of significant public interest today that’s shrouded in fear, uncertainty and doubt, it’s fracking. If you believe the supporters of this mining process to extract natural gas and petroleum deposits from shale rock – formally known as “hydraulic fracturing” – it could be the salvation of our energy needs for […]

This story about PR qualifies for ‘must read’

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Every now and again, something is written or said about the practice of public relations, its development and evolution, usually with the phrase “this is a must read” attached. In my experience, much of what’s described as “must read” is anything but, especially when the words “social media” are added; it’s just spin for the […]

Number 10 hands out Twitter exclusives to favoured journalists

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A discussion topic in episode 701 of the FIR podcast, published today, looks at a question asked in the Metro newspaper last week: should British politicians take notes from Barack Obama’s campaign team? The Metro’s excellent report looked at the key role social media played  – especially Twitter – in both of the US president’s […]

When robots rule the world

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The idea that computers rather than people could make decisions about other people’s intentions in the workplace that I wrote about recently – an IBM security tool can flag “disgruntled employees” – may be the tip of an evolutionary iceberg that spotlights a wider and deeper issue facing developed countries like the US and many […]

Shape the debate about the UK and the EU

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A few days ago, Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech in London on what he called “the future of Europe,” setting out his stall about the UK, the European Union, Europe itself and how he sees the future for these entities. I watched his live delivery on the TV news. I liked much of […]