Privacy

Big Data Is HOT!

Big Data Is HOT!

My last full time role in Big Data was in 2008- a long time ago. I’m still occasionally involved (a NYC private Equity firm hired Spitfire to assess the data assets of a regional USA player; I’ll immodestly admit the client said our input was far more valuable than that of Bain!). Big Data principals [...]

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Google Glass: A Privacy Tipping Point?

Google Glass: A Privacy Tipping Point?

News from BBC that US politicians are worried about Google Glass. Not about the technology- Google Glass is said to be inferior technology to that of other eyeglass recorders. It’s the scope. Google has the resources & geography/audience reach to make Glass an instant global phenom. Congress (Democrats & Republicans alike) has doubts on the pervasive use of recording devices & [...]

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We Know Where You Are!

We Know Where You Are!

Yesterday a Strategy student said they’re following Apple’s runoured iWatch with interest- and well they should. My daughters & their friends almost all use of the ‘Finder’ app on their Apple devices. Me? I use Finder to locate my misplaced devices (Macbook or iPad) but they use Finder to locate …. eachother. Assuming iWatch has Finder [...]

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Ethical Debates for Marketing/ Marketers

Ethical Debates for Marketing/ Marketers

I was teaching a 4th semester class this week; when we reached the topic of Needs & Wants, a thoughtful a student interjected to ask if what marketers do, is ethical. Really good question, and well worth debating. Most ethical decisions are yours to make one on one. An exec recruiter was offended I wouldn’t [...]

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You’re Not Alone (Online)

You’re Not Alone (Online)

For every action…. (you finish the sentence). As technology gets ever more intrusive, the value of being able to withdraw from its surveillance will rise. Phone-GPS signals are used in divorce cases (“he wasn’t where he claimed to be; he was at that cheapo motel”). Privacy-busting messages reach our mobiles despite anti-spam settings & software [...]

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Want to Swim in the Gene Pool?

Want to Swim in the Gene Pool?

Ah.. genetics. So promising. So scary. A two-headed spectre looms with this topic. The Globe is running a series of articles entitled “Our Time To Lead: The DNA Dilemma”. It’s a critical topic for you, your loved ones, future generations; I urge you to read up (not just because I used to work there!). Today’s [...]

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Web Privacy Decisions Need YOUR Input

Web Privacy Decisions Need YOUR Input

I’m a fan of national security precautions, but not at any cost. If you feel the same way, get a hold of your MP & ask them about the IP provisions included in the Canada-European Union trade agreement (CETA). I’ve no reason to doubt the Toronto Star’s Michael Geist Michael Geist’s Article In July 8th [...]

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