One of the hurdles along the road of seeing an end to the "advertising value equivalence" (AVE) measurement metric that's decried by many in the PR and measurement communities is persuading organisations to stop using it. The issue with AVE is well summarised in a white paper published by The Institute for Public Relations in 2003, in which this succinct text appears: We urge you to move away as quickly as possible from statements of the nature, “Our news coverage this quarter was worth $X … [Read more...] about How to get the media on board to end AVE
It was rather a surreal experience watching the BBC's election night analytics and opinion show on the BBC News Channel on Thursday June 8, from shortly after the closing of the poll at 10pm (I lasted until about 1am on Friday morning). It was the exit poll - a joint effort by the BBC, ITV and Sky News - that set the scene for a night of traumatic change for the ruling Conservative party led by Theresa May, and qualified jubilation for the fractious Labour party ('qualified' because they … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s fragile foundation
Designed with strong technical expertise and high intelligence, it’s not so far-fetched that the robots of the future could outperform human managers. This article titled "Why a robot could be the best boss you've ever had" was written by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, for theguardian.com on Friday 9th September 2016 07.00 UTCWould you like to work for a robot? Although the automation of skilled jobs is a reality, your boss is probably (still) a human. Even though the most optimistic artificial … [Read more...] about Why a robot could be the best boss you’ve ever had
The myriad sensors which offer so many opportunities for information collection also gather private data. Can a balance be struck between the two? The content previously published here has been withdrawn. We apologise for any inconvenience. … [Read more...] about Are smart cities and digital privacy at odds?
It's been a tumultuous few days since polling stations closed at 10pm on Thursday June 23 and the UK awoke on the morning of Friday June 24 to the news that the result of the national referendum on whether this country would remain a member of the European Union or not turned out to be not. I am very sad at this result - one that took many people by surprise, me included - as I believe that our future is intertwined with that of our European neighbours, individually and collectively; that … [Read more...] about The EU referendum was a political gamble that didn’t pay off: what’s next?