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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…

Being inclusive about PR ethics

One of the great things about the Ethics Awareness Month initiative from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is that it helps focus clear attention on a core issue in the profession that, in many people’s minds, needs that attention. It doesn’t matter a bit that the PRSA’s initiative happens to be organized by the professional body that represents practitioners in the USA. To give full credit to them (as well as recognize some good common sense at work),…

So what will you do for ethics in PR?

The subject of ethics in public relations often provokes strong opinions from people, especially when questionable practices fall under the critical spotlight – as Scott Adams so cannily grasped in this Dilbert cartoon in August. Ethics in PR issues from the past few years that readily come to my mind range from Edelman’s shattered pedestal over not one but two Wal-Mart kerfuffles in 2006; the anti-astroturfing campaign by Trevor Cook and Paull Young in that same year; ongoing PR spam…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #366: July 28, 2008

Content summary: Wrap-up of Saturday’s FIR Live; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore on China’s Internet and business challenges around the upcoming Olympic Games; the Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop; News That Fits: 50 steps to establishing a consistent social media practice, PRSA’s new diversity podcast, how cool is Cuil?, Google Knol is an opportunity for communicators; listeners’ comments discussion; music from The Taters; and more. Listen to FIR now: [display_podcast] Get FIR: Download the MP3 file (32.2Mb, 70:25) Subscribe to…

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