Get to know your plumbing

Another article that I’ve had published in 2009, although this one is available to all online. Name of the article is Get to know your plumbing: Protecting your organisation from leaking soft information. Enjoy 🙂

schadenfreude online

I watched a film last night that disturbed me enormously, so much that I had a sleepness night. It all roots back to a term that the English seemed to have pinched from the Germans “Schadenfreude“. A New York Times article in 2002 cited a number of scientific studies of schadenfreude, which it defined as “delighting in others’ misfortune.”

The wonderful thing about online communities is that the provide a watering hole of many of us irrespective of race, gender, age, etc., to share common interests that generates positive energy and exeplifies the beauty of human nature. Unfortunately as with everything there is the other ‘darker side’ and this is the pull of a minority of people (or at least I would like to think it is just a minority) to schadenfreude, and how this can cause serious damage in our society. The newspapers publish based on this hunger. This is what I found disturbing about this film. The core theme was based on this, a base hunger to see misfortunate targetted at someone else online. Sound far-fetched? One of the film reviewers seem to think so. My research todate does not see it far fetched at all, just very sad.

Now link this in to how important is your privacy and imagine the damage that could be done to those of us that do not protect our privacy now and in the future.

Contextual search results

I just came across this search service, Silobreaker, that is quite interesting, it places into context search results. Silobreaker is an online search service for news and current events that delivers meaning and relevance beyond traditional search and aggregation engines. Its relational analysis and explanatory graphics provide users with unparalleled contextual insight into the news stories of the day.

Take a look at what I found on my book “Virtual Shadows” for example.

Do you know what a cookie dance is?

Cookie Dance (according to WordPress):

Log out, clear browser cache and cookies, restart 🙂

No barriers to communication….

I really like this posting made by danah boyd on “using Facebook when ill“.

Changing parameters of communicatoin in business

You know that I’ve been studying an MBA? It has got me thinking on a whole load of stuff, things I sort of knew because I’ve been around, lived and worked in quite a few countries. It is good to see that what I have been thinking about, i.e. the dynamics of how businesses work based on the old scientific theories just don’t work anymore. It ties in well to what I have been researching, globalisation of communication. In my book I have written mainly about the social networking space and how to take control of your identity, and of course a whole load of other stuff too. However I have not linked this into the business context….