The September 11 post

Reading Time: 1 minute 15 years ago I worked agency side in Haymarket in London’s west end  for Edelman. It was a normal day, well as normal is it gets when you are in the middle of the dot com bust fallout. My job meant working on communications programmes for the European subsidiaries of technology companies. This was to […]

Throwback gadget: SnapperMail

Reading Time: 3 minutes At the end of 2001, I started to prepare of leaving my job at Edelman. This meant upgrading my home IT set up. I picked up an iBook. The iBook was Apple’s consumer-orientated laptop made from 1999 to 2006. Mine was a second generation ‘Snow’ laptop with a G3 processor, dual USB sockets and a […]

#VS250 – Inside Virgin Atlantic’s online racism crisis

Reading Time: 2 minutes Virgin Atlantic had a tough finish to the week as Chinese social media users and their overseas counterparts united to hit the airline hard. The problem had percolated for the previous two weeks on Chinese social media as netizens fumed at the way cabin staff had allegedly treated a Chinese woman traveller.

20th anniversary: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Reading Time: 7 minutes Back on February 9, 1996, John Perry Barlow wrote his declaration of of the independence of cyberspace. The declaration pointed out the folly of trying to govern something thought to be virtually ungovernable at the time. Barlow first came to prominence writing lyrics for The Grateful Dead. His ethos came from the libertarian do your […]

PrivaTegrity: the flawed model of distributed keys

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dave Chaum’s idea to to try and balance between state actors demand for internet sovereignty and the defacto end of citizen privacy, with the need to address emotive causes such as terrorism, paedophile rings and organised crime got a lot of attention from wired. The principle behind PrivaTegrity is that there would be a backdoor, but […]