One of the great things about social media and social networks is the ability they offer to anyone to share a thought, an idea, or an expression, with anyone else who has a connection to the global internet.Take the photo above, for instance. It's of the Trevi Fountain in Rome on a beautiful sunny late autumn day and I took the photo on a visit there in 2016. I've not widely shared it before now although it's been in my Flickr stream since then, and now it's embedded in this post.What if … [Read more...] about A closer look at Creative Commons licenses
In the 2004 science fiction film I, Robot, the police detective hero played by Will Smith is in a car crash resulting in his vehicle and another sinking in a river. The other car contains a trapped 12-year-old girl.With imminent death by drowning confronting both characters, a rescue robot appears and rescues the hero from his doomed car but leaves the girl to die. Why? Because, the robot's logic tells it, her survival was statistically less likely than the Will Smith character's.This … [Read more...] about Who should die when a driverless car crashes? Q&A ponders the future
Most reasonable people are aware that if you publicly publish something defamatory about someone else that is false, you can be sued for libel. If you lose the legal case, it can be expensive for you in terms of damage to your reputation as well as a financial cost.(Related: the difference between libel and slander in UK law.)And I'd add that most reasonable people are also aware that the same rules on libel apply to all methods of public communication, including online.So, for … [Read more...] about How Twitter Works – a legal opinion
The revelations from the mega-leak of data about the financial shenanigans of the wealthy and powerful, dubbed the #PanamaPapers, continue to roll out globally since the eruption last weekend opened up a Pandora's Box (what some would call an Aladdin's Cave) of consequences.At the heart of this scandal is 2.6 terabytes of data representing some 11 million individual documents about the business and financial affairs of clients of the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca stretching from … [Read more...] about How can trust help the #PanamaPapers innocents?
2015 was a stepping-stone year in the evolution of technology and people's behaviours, with events that gave us greater insight into actions and consquences.A big one is the thorny matter of balancing the long-held expectation of individual privacy - regarded as a fundamental right in many countries - and freedoms of expression with the requirement of government to safeguard its citizens in today's world where acts of freely expressing opinion can have dire consequences.Enter plans to … [Read more...] about Actions and consequences: what will 2016 present?