Don’t let your #heartbleed over web security

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One word that’s been all over the web this past week is ‘Heartbleed.” Together with a highly-visible image, it has been the focus of much commentary and opinion, some of it contradictory, some of it confusing. Heartbleed is a major security vulnerability on the internet, one that I’ve seen described as “11 on a a […]

Igloo Software joins FIR as our latest sponsor

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Please join us in welcoming Igloo Software as the latest FIR Podcast Network sponsor. Igloo, which offers a web-based platform for collaborating at work, will join Ragan Communications and CustomScoop as sponsors of The Hobson and Holtz Report. Through the Igloo platform, employees can share files, get (and share) answers, solve problems, locate information and […]

Redefining today’s communicator in Norway

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When I look at the landscape of the communication profession around Europe, I see similar issues that concern communicators, most notably how strategic are communicators (and the profession itself), abiding by codes of conduct and practicing ethical behaviour, and being professional. It’s a topic in the front of my mind as I finalise plans for […]

Remember the point of social business

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There is some excellent thinking on display in a presentation deck on Slideshare that examines in some detail what large businesses could look like as the concepts and principles of social business evolve. The deck is by Dion Hinchcliffe, Chief Strategy Officer at the Dachis Group – acquired last week by Sprinklr – that he […]

How serious are PRs about being genuinely professional?

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A simple, musing, rhetorical, tweet on Monday evening about PRs who send out press releases under embargo prompted a wide-ranging conversation on Twitter among a handful of people about professional behaviour, education and training, and being prepared for the PR workplace. Sending out press releases under embargo isn’t an unusual practice. On the contrary, it […]

If you want my data, reward me

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At the moment, we provide our personal details free to data-gathering giants like Facebook and Google. That won’t always be the case, says guest writer Daniel de Bruin. Data security promises to be one of the main issues facing organisations in 2014. During the past year two main threats to data security have emerged. First, […]

The sorry state of trust according to Edelman’s 2014 Trust Barometer

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A key finding in the 2014 Trust Barometer published today by Edelman PR shows that, once again, public trust in governments around the world trails far behind trust in business. Moreover, the ‘trust gap’ has increased markedly in the 2014 findings compared to 2013 – now a 14-point gap – and, indeed, overall compared to […]

Re-Defining Today’s Communicator

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Two weeks into 2014 and much of the talk about what’s hot and what’s not for communicators is about technology. Of the many, many tech topics that appear on trends and predictions lists, there are three that I believe warrant our attention in early 2014 above all others: Mobile: especially usage shifts and trends such […]

Dropbox outage shows the fragility of the cloud

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Cloud storage and file-hosting service Dropbox suffered a severe service outage this week that began on Friday night and, as I write these words on Saturday evening UK time, is still continuing. If you go to the Dropbox website, you’ll probably get only a screen with the headline ‘Error (500).’ That signifies some kind of […]