The recent rise and spread of so-called fake news is a topic that's generating a great deal of opinion on what to do about it. I've weighed in, too, in a recent episode of the Small Data Forum podcast. Now, on the 28th anniversary of the founding of the World Wide Web, its creator Tim Berners-Lee offers compelling perspectives on this contemporary phenomenon, outlining three challenges for the web and, as he puts it, what we must do to ensure it fulfils his vision of an equalizing platform … [Read more...] about Addressing privacy and fake news on the web: Tim Berners-Lee’s call to action
One of the great benefits offered by the social web is the open way in which people can connect, not only via the obvious means of social networks but also through engaging in discourse and conversation in the commenting sections of websites, blogs, etc. Open conversation and the sharing of different points of view are foundational activities for many online publications, from mainstream media sites to individual blogs. To many, enabling readers, visitors and communities to comment on … [Read more...] about Commenting: A matter of perspective
I remember when blogging first captured the attention and imaginations of early adopters and online adventurers in the early part of this century, not long after the dot-com bubble burst. It was a time of discovery, learning new things and being part of something that was a great equalizer. For the first time, the Average Joe and Joanna could very easily and quickly have an unfiltered open voice on topics that might show up in online search results alongside other reports, narratives and … [Read more...] about The metamorphosis of Twitter
Within two years, 20 percent of business content will be authored by machines or "robo writers," as Gartner puts it in its list of ten predictions of an algorithmic and smart machine-driven world that the analyst firm published last October. It was a topic I used as a focal point in my presentation about PR measurement and how it's getting smarter partly through automation that captured close attention from the 50+ PR pros in the audience at a CIPR event in London last week. Content that is … [Read more...] about The rise of the cognitive PR machines
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?