FIR 198: Is #WFH the post-pandemic future?

What coronavirus will do to our offices and homes post-pandemic is a question that prompts multiple answers on a daily basis. If there are ten questions, you’ll find ten different answers. About the only thing that’s consistently equal in opinion is that there will be change and it will be profound. It’s a big topic that exercised Shel and I in the August 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report aka FIR 198. We anchored the discussion with a…

FIR 197: A better social network

The July 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report, aka FIR 197, features Neville and Shel discussing… Emotional Intelligence as an Internal Communications focus AI avatars as a new tool for training and marketing The latest TikTok news What a better social network might look like The rise of Virtual and Augmented Reality The staggering jobs challenge the world is facing Dan York reports on making video calls better, apps that keep copying each other, Amazon’s new live-streaming for…

FIR 196: Speak up, Twitter

The June 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report features Neville and Shel discussing… Their appearance on Joe Jaffe’s broadcast show A report on the all-virtual IABC World Conference Twitter’s move to let users record and tweet audio (but only on iOS for now) Three new blockchain developments of interest to communicators Flipboard’s new Storyboard feature A user email that prompted Merriam-Webster to update a dictionary definition How Wikipedia became a battleground for racial justice Facebook’s news tab and…

SDF 34: “If broadband goes down, we’re all screwed”

In the midst of coronavirus lockdowns just about everywhere, I suppose it’s natural for some people to wonder if the Internet can hold up and not collapse under the strain of millions of people suddenly working at home, schooling at home and playing at home, all during the so-called working day and beyond, for an extended period of continuous months. As someone who works for an organisation that’s all about the resilience of the Internet, I also suppose it’s inevitable…

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.…

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