FIR 191: Two decades in 2.5 hours

In what may be the longest single episode of a podcast ever, Shel and I present observations and prognostications from 17 of the smartest communication professionals in the business. (But when you consider that we covered 20 years in 2 hours and 20 minutes, it’s actually quite fast. And we might qualify for a Guinness World Record!) If you’ve been listening to FIR for a long time (the show started in January 2005), you’ll recognize some of these voices from the…

Actions and consequences: what will 2016 present?

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 enable government…

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