Back-up – technological tips

We all use IT these days, and in fact we have an enormous amount stored on our devices. These may be computers/laptops, iPads/tablets, iPhones/smart-phones, office networks and more.

Depending on our type of work, the data we have may include private and sensitive client information including contact details and health information. We obviously have an obligation to keep our clients’ data and information safe and confidential. If we work in any other context, we will have our own version of data or information that needs to be safely stored.

So, an important question to ask ourselves is: Is all of our work and data secure? Continue reading “Back-up – technological tips”

Blockchain technology: A snazzy new online future or are there traps?

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the state of our internet and the space we all share. A quote from Part 1:

Alongside all the very useful content on the internet, we have a space where evil has been able to run rampant, unaddressed through lack of political will that hides behind the slogan, “freedom of speech”. In this free-for-all global, unregulated domain, there are plenty who have used it as a licence to abuse, unarrested, leading to an alarming number of suicides in the young (as has been widely publicized) but also in business people who have been defamed, attacked, and threatened to silence, by competitors, by those who are jealous, or by trolls who are simply there to destroy.

However, all of this is the tip of the iceberg in terms of where our irresponsibility as a global society of human beings is heading. Blockchain technology is an example.

Blockchain technology enables online commerce, so ‘online-focused’ that it even has its own online currency (e.g. Bitcoin). There are vast amounts of money being invested in developing this — culminating in a whole online world of activity. It is literally a world unto itself – there are no physical companies with identifiable shareholders and directors. Unlike our physical environment, where we can search engines like ASIC to enable us to see who is behind a company — these new virtual organisations (called DAOs and other terms) are:

  • Anonymous – they operate through algorithms and the technology behind the blockchain, with no human face – no person to speak with or address
  • Beyond jurisdiction – they operate internationally, like the internet, and thus do not belong to any country whose laws regulate them
  • Beyond redress at least in many respects – because if something goes wrong – who do you go to? Who will address it? Especially when you do not even know who is responsible for it, behind the scenes.

Continue reading “Blockchain technology: A snazzy new online future or are there traps?”

The Internet – A health check

In this 2 part series, we look at the state of our internet – a shared space for all.

First, a word about cyber abuse and menacing on the internet, as part of our starting platform.

We all use the internet – but let’s dive straight into the deep end and ask ourselves whether there are things we should be introducing to make this a safe space for all.

For starters – and really by way of introduction, alongside all the very useful content on the internet, we have a space where evil has been able to run rampant, unaddressed through lack of political will that hides behind the slogan, “freedom of speech”. In this free-for-all global, unregulated domain, there are plenty who have used it as a licence to abuse, unarrested, leading to an alarming number of suicides in the young (as has been widely publicized) but also in business people who have been defamed, attacked, and threatened to silence, by competitors, by those who are jealous, or by trolls who are simply there to destroy. Continue reading “The Internet – A health check”

Social Media

Does it seem to you that the whole world is addicted to social media? People are on it constantly, posting, liking, sharing. But have we paused to ask ourselves why we actually use it?

Do we go onto social media, thinking it will prove our worth if we have lots of ‘friends’ on facebook or ‘followers’ on LinkedIn or Google Plus? Does that make us legitimate in the world, successful in our field of work, or worthy of being looked at?

Or is there a potential use of social media that far surpasses that? Continue reading “Social Media”