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Although internet giants like to promote cyberspace as a sunny upland we can all frolic in safely, it is fast becoming clear that the digital landscape is populated with a few satanic mills at the same time – well, content mills, anyway. However, just as we thought we were becoming a bit more sure-footed on our online journey, a new blot on the horizon appears – and this time it’s click farms. Research has suggested that less than 60% of
Books by state intelligence
Many people are wondering what an earth is happening in the world – even a once seemingly safe post-WWII western idyll has become confusing, duplicitous and at time downright frightening. There are murmurs about the resurrection of the Cold War – outrage at an American President who does not follow the accepted rulebook; and assassinations on the streets of sleepy English towns like Salisbury. As if this were not enough, there is Brexit – the result of a democratic vote
What is Blockchain
“The blockchain is an indestructible digital ledger for keeping track of economic transactions, which can be programmed to maintain not only financial transactions but virtually everything that has value.”  – Don & Alex Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution 2016 What is Blockchain? Blockchain is a term nearly everyone has heard of and yet many still do not know exactly what it is. For centuries consumers have used financial institutions like banks in financial transactions. The bank or other financial institution oversees and administers the
Ancient Athens - historic times.
Ever since the poet Virgil bequeathed us the phrase “tempus fugit” – time flies – mankind has been officially battling time. It was, of course, the Roman emperor Julius Caesar who tinkered with the calendar, ensuring that the Roman system of measuring days and months kept civilisation on track. Thanks to Julius Caesar, time is not as evenly marked as we think, of course – every four years we have an extra day on 29 February as a result of
Sigmund Freud may be the father of marketing as we know it, but these days there are new beardy influencers on the scene in the shape and form of hipsters, whose image of old school, wholesome (and whole food) values is now used to sell everything from Fair Trade to high-end luxury brands. Of course, hipsters are not the only social influencers today helping brands build strong relationships with customers and potential customers. But the power of personal recommendation has
Social media usage has become a way of life for most young adults, with over 2.19 billion users signed up to Facebook alone as of 2018. Meeting new people online – and even new partners – is the modern way to conduct relationships, but imagine if you had a friend or partner who constantly talked to you, was in your face 24/7 and who even managed to get inside your brain while you slept, perhaps urging you to wake up
There is only one thing better than new technology and that is two new technologies working together. The Bitcoin revolution has led to us all becoming accustomed to the idea of blockchain – a complex computerised network which provides a foolproof method of encryption, with each block providing a check on its neighbour in the chain. Or, as the Bank of England terms it, “a technology that allows people who don’t know each other to trust a shared record of
Asad Saddique is one of those enviable entrepreneurs who admits that at the time he launched his sure-fire business idea, he knew nothing about entrepreneurship and very little about swegway boards aka hoverboards. However, as we now know, the world is teeming with entrepreneurial 25-year-olds just like Asad, who have a hunch, go with it and end up making a packet. When London-based Asad stumbled across hoverboards, they were quite literally going up in smoke. iSwegway In 2015, a friend
Twitter Shadow Ban
Twitter is all about building communities, right? Building communities so that we can all get to know each other, exchange ideas, chat, share, laugh and generally get along. But occasionally we glimpse a dark shadow behind the alleged open platforms of social media. Shadowbans have been operating for several years now, with Twitter users sitting twiddling their thumbs wondering why no one reacts or replies to their tweets. Is it something you said? Are you just deeply dull? Did you
Asad Saddique NYSE Opening Bell
There are certain landmarks which might not officially constitute one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but nevertheless they are such a presence in our lives that really they should. At the centre of our global existence is the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – operating for more than 200 years, the influence of the companies listed on the NYSE reaches every corner of the world, from big business in global markets, to small communities in the Amazon rainforest.