FIR ZoomChat 2: Zoom and Privacy

The second weekly FIR Zoom Chat hosted by Shel and Neville includes a robust discussion with a group of FIR listeners of criticism leveled at the increasingly popular videoconferencing tool, Zoom, and the response from the company’s CEO. Links: A Message to Our Users from Zoom founder and CEO, Eric Yuan, April 1. The Zoom Privacy Backlash Is Only Getting Started – Wired, April 1. Everybody seems to be using Zoom. But its security flaws could leave users at risk.…

FIR ZoomChat 1: The post-pandemic Future of Work

While many of us are under jurisdictional orders to remain in our homes, we can still get together socially. That’s just what Neville, Shel, and more than a dozen FIR listeners did on Thursday, March 26, using Zoom. This roughly 30-minute discussion focused mainly on how work will change in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. We are planning to host conversations via Zoom every Thursday at 1pm EDT / 6pm BST / 7pm CET. Watch this space (or follow…

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Fired by mistake by an AI

Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the June edition of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” and conversation about these topics: An employee was mistakenly fired by an AI system and managers stood by powerless to correct the mistake. Was AI really to blame? IBM has introduced an AI designed for debate, which could mean there’s finally an unbiased devil’s advocate to point out the flaws in your business plan. There is no minimizing the threat to the Internet posed…

For Immediate Release 139: Augmented PR

Neville and Shel get together via YouTube Hangout for the May 2018 installment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report,” with conversations about… GDPR, which officially went into effect on Friday May 25 BuzzFeed’s live-streaming experiment on Twitch CIPR’s white paper on the role of Artificial Intelligence in public relations Google is under pressure to up its podcasting game Google lets you see your history of interactions and it’s a lot less creepy than Facebook Generation Z will bypass politics and…

For Immediate Release 130: Facebook’s Moments of Truth

In this monthly episode of The Hobson & Holtz Report aka FIR 130, the major discussion surrounded Facebook and the growing crisis embroiling the social network over alleged misuse of data about users and their friends by the political consultancy and data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. Shel and I offered a plethora of opinion and considered some of the elements of this kerfuffle from a communicator’s perspective. Other stories that made the discussion list in this episode included how Twitter…

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