Power of the Password

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 by

The recent News of the World phone hacking scandal illustrated how easy it can be to access poorly protected information. The investigators who hacked into the phones were not IT geniuses; they just exploited basic flaws in the caller ID and PIN systems. A few years back, a default PIN was provided for access to mobile messages

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Cyber snooping by employers

Thursday, 06 October 2011 by
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The internet has led to an increasing clash between personal and professional lives. Once upon a time it was only your CV or application that counted when trying to win a job interview, but one new trend is to vet perspective employees using their online presence.   It’s well publicised that many employees have got

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Copyright reform

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 by

Many of us have been ripping our CDs and DVDs for years. When de-cluttering my previous home in preparation for putting it on the market, I decided to move my CDs into storage as they took up an entire wall of the living room. I’ve always had a few key albums stored on MP3, but

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Viral marketing and Unions

Thursday, 04 August 2011 by

Viral marketing is a way of using existing social networks to reach an audience for campaigns and advertising on the internet. The idea is that, if the message is good enough, people will tell their friends about it through email, Facebook posts, Tweets etc. People are more likely to value the opinion of their friends, so

Operation: Debian

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 by

Like most technologies, operating systems – the software that runs on computers and allows everything else to work – keeps on changing fast. Most of us will have heard of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS or even Linux. However, the old dominance of these familiar operating systems is changing. Cloud computing is being touted as the

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China Strikes

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 by

China is undergoing a period of rapid industrialisation and growth, having recently become the second largest economy in the world. This has led to strains in industrial relations. With China’s strict controls on the free press and trade unions, and the sheer size of the country and population, it’s been difficult to get a clear

Fair Game?

Friday, 22 April 2011 by

The video game market has increased enormously over the last two decades, overtaking film industry revenues in 2009. In 2010 it was worth an estimated £3 billion in the UK alone. But throughout this period of growth, video games have often received a bad press. Games have been accused of increasing aggression in children, desensitising users to violence and

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The big ‘Apple’

Friday, 01 April 2011 by

Apple computers have gone from strength to strength in the last few years, launching iconic products like the iPod, iPhone and now the iPad. Indeed, last year Apple overtook Microsoft as the biggest technology company in the world on market value. Not bad for a company that almost went bust in the 1990s. Apple followers

Can ‘The Daily’ save newspapers?

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 by

Traditional journalism has had a tough time of it recently. With so much content now available for free online, newspaper sales have been falling steadily for years with free papers representing the only growth area. The launch of ‘The Daily’ by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation marks an interesting experiment for a news industry facing an

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Digital activism comes of age

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 by

The fallout over the publication of diplomatic information on Wikileaks illustrates how digital activism has come of age. As the US government put pressure on companies to sever ties with the international leaks website, groups fought back with a co-ordinated campaign. One group, calling itself ‘Anonymous’, proved particularly well organised. The credit card company VISA was