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the mobile web - that €57 Billion untapped market

Making money from the webThe Mobile Internet World Europe Summit convened a few days ago to discuss ways to "capitalize on the fastest growing marketplace in the converging media, entertainment and telecommunications industries."

The blogosphere seems to be rather tight-lipped on the findings or perceptions of this conference, leading me to believe that either the conference bombed or the participants are keeping very quiet about their conclusions.

With such high sums at stake wouldn't you?!




the mobile web - that €57 Billion untapped market

Making money from the webThe Mobile Internet World Europe Summit convened a few days ago to discuss ways to "capitalize on the fastest growing marketplace in the converging media, entertainment and telecommunications industries."

The blogosphere seems to be rather tight-lipped on the findings or perceptions of this conference, leading me to believe that either the conference bombed or the participants are keeping very quiet about their conclusions.

With such high sums at stake wouldn't you?!




Spammers beware!


I - like 99.9999% of the worlds population - hate spam.  This blog seems to receive more than its fair share of the stuff, despite the CAPTCHA filter we included as standard - human spammers making easy work of the bot-proof challenges.

I'm therefore rather pleased to hear two of the 90's most active spammers have been fined $234M for their relentless spamming assault on MySpace.

Having contravened the 2003 federal law known as CAN-SPAM, Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines were awarded this judgement after they failed to turn up to their court hearing last week. 

Source: Information Week

Created on Monday May 19 2008 05:42 PM


Tags: spam e-commerce mobile-internet technology web-development online-law


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Identity theft on the up

The last comment made in a recent BBC article concerning hi-tech crime made me pause for thought this afternoon.

Paul Henry from Secure Computing put forward the idea that the only sure way to reduce identity theft and related crime would be to lower the value of personal identity to the point where it no longer holds value for hackers.

Is this a valid argument?

Advertising agencies and corporations will pay a fortune to know your personal details. Ok, so these data are more to do with what kind of car you drive, or your breakfast cereal preferance. Yet if they are willing to invest vast sums in behavioural marketing technologies, so will black market traders be interested in other elements of your digital footprint.

This point requires more thought... I'll be back with more coherant thoughts...

Created on Wednesday May 14 2008 04:24 PM


Tags: identity-theft technology web-development


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Social networks will receive 2008 biggest budget spend


A new report published this week by Forrester estimates that over $5 billion will be spent on social networks by 2013 in North America and Europe alone.

Coming above six other Web 2.0 categories - mashups, widgets, wikis, blogs, podcasting and RSS - social networks have been clearly identified as this years' must-have inclusion in any large companies' online budget.

Although this research hardly comes as a surprise, it will be interesting to see what will supersede the current trend.  Attendees of this week's "Geek Conference" in San Francisco will most likely get a taste for what's ahead on the new technology event horizon.

Source:  BBC Technology

Created on Friday April 25 2008 02:28 PM


Tags: networking technology web-development


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Child protection and e-safety

Online child safetyLast Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a full days' training on e-safety and child protection in relation to online chat facilities and forums. The session was hosted by Tony Domaille of David Niven Associates and the session was not only interesting and useful but also quite an eye-opener.

Tony worked as a police officer for over 30 years as a Detective Sergeant for the Child Protection Department and the last four years working on the Dangerous Offenders Unit concentrating on sexual exploitation of children through the Internet, so he's more than used to dealing with the issue of paedophilia. I was, on the other hand, very naive and completely unaware of the lengths these people will go to in order to carry out their fantasies and that they are generally very respected and trusted members of our community.

We're working with 3 local authorities on web sites which publicise positive activities for young people and include interactive chat facilities. Bath and North East Somerset council (B&NES) have enlisted the help of Tony to ensure that the moderators of the site are fully trained to recognise any misuse of the site. This includes not only being aware of sexual predators and how to deal with them, but also online bullying, cries for help in relation to issues such as suicide or anorexia, and discrimination against others in terms of things like racism or sexuality.

The actual website has also been enhanced by a number of e-safety features to ensure it's as easy as possible for users to report anything that they're concerned about as well as to deter potential predators. Some of the enhancements are:

  • Link to Think U Know, which informs on how to have fun, stay in control and how to report online abuse. 
  • Link to the Virtual Global Task Force, which includes information on how to report abuse and provides a template for reporting. The reports reach appropriate authorities via the Child Exploitation On-line Protection Centre (CEOP) who disseminate reports/referrals. 
  • Link to directly contact site moderators. 
  • Inclusion of House rules for use of the site and forum. 
  • Internet Protocol (I.P) address to be captured at the point of registration. 
  • The email address provided on registration will be verified before the user is able to use the site.  


The new website - B-Active - is due to go live at the end of April.

Created on Monday April 21 2008 02:17 PM


Tags: accessibility charity new-web-site online-safety web-development


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Will The Byron Review help protect children online?


The media have all jumped on the same bandwagon this week, with reports condemning social networking sites - such as Bebo and Facebook - as unsafe websites for children to surf. 

Publishing of the Byron report at the end of March seems to have precipitated this avalanche of comment.  Its author, Dr. Tanya Byron, clearly points out the vital role that parental control needs to play in keeping children safe.  The notion of "nurturing a shared culture of responsibility" is also explored, along with empowering children themselves to make safe decisions online.

The impact of this report will take some time to sink in, affecting as it does the gaming industry, social networking sites, schools, central government and the consciences of all concerned parents.

The consequences for our own business relate specifically to this notion of shared responsibility.  All websites we've designed for young people have firm 'house rules' to protect users from harrassment; moderators of our forums are trained to recognize online abuse by experienced professionals; we also provide clear links to information and policing sites that both discourage potential predators and give guidance to young people wishing to stay safe online.  Yet there will always be new ways in which safe use of the internet can be promoted, something that the Bryon Report has helped to highlight in the minds of the general public.

Related Sites:

Virtual Global Taskforce

Think You Know?

Created on Thursday April 03 2008 06:25 PM


Tags: online-safety technology web-development youth


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China lifts gag on BBC in run-up to summer Olympics

Numbers of users accessing the BBC website via Chinese servers shot up from less than a hundred to over 16,000 yesterday, after the 'great firewall of China' was unofficially lifted.

 "Technology experts say such a development would not be possible without the approval of internet service providers - which are under strict supervision by Beijing."

This is as good an indication as any that authorities plan to honour their promise of granting foreign journalists more freedom in the run-up to this summer's Olympic Games.  

It will be interesting to see whether further Western information sites are made accessible in the next few months but even more interesting to see how long these lines of communication are allowed to stay open after all the medals have been doled out...

Created on Wednesday March 26 2008 04:36 PM


Tags: china freedom-of-information technology web-development


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Okkam Customises Searches

Okkam SearchFinding a recommended restaurant took up a large part of my lunchtime today, even though I was told its name and general location.  This common irritation could be a thing of the past if Okkam takes off in the next few years.

We have previously mentioned rivals to Google's domination of the online search, just as we've touched on the importance that such a powerful tool has on our ability to retrieve relevant information from the ever-expanding web.

Okkam - an academic initiative from Trento University - is finding a better way to publish, link and find information using a “web of entities”.   It will put information into context, making it possible to identify 'Paris' as an annoying, talentless celebrity, as opposed to the capital of France, for example.

Still in the early stages, it appears that the success of the project will depend largely upon how widely it is taken up in the first two years.  The target for 2008 is to get a million 'entities' on board, with use by application developers crucial to its long term success.

Already big in Portugal, it will be interesting to see how long it will take for Okkam to join Google in the British vernacular.

Created on Wednesday March 12 2008 05:23 PM


Tags: google seo web-development


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No more Netscape


With 80% of all internet users browsing with IE, Netscape has finally given up the ghost.  Bizarre to think that a decade ago people were referring to the Internet and Netscape synonymously...

Sources: BBC, Netscape blog, IT News

Created on Wednesday March 05 2008 10:30 AM


Tags: browser competition technology web-development


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