A case for regulating social media platforms

There are some who see regulation of the social media platforms as an attack on the open internet and free speech, and argue that the way to protect that is to let those platforms continue to self-regulate. While it is true that the open internet is the product of the same freedom to innovate that the platforms have sprung from, it is equally the product of the cooperative, multi-stakeholder organisations where common policy and norms are agreed.

Stakeholder Data Reports (Factbooks)

A true data-driven organisation uses data as a key underpinning of its engagement with stakeholders and one of the most effective ways to do that is through a Stakeholder Data Report (Factbook).

Business Intelligence

Despite the availability of many BI tool and the creation of internal BI teams, this area remains complex, with many organisations still dissatisfied with their BI.

Evidence-Led Organisations

As with all cultural change, there has to be clear commitment from the top for the change to permeate the whole organisation.

Data Science

When used effectively, data science can provide incomparable insight and evidence to drive business objectives.

Data-Driven Services

Data can be sold as is, turned into data-enabled products and become the foundation for consultancy services. Choosing the right product(s) can be complex.

Data Governance

Data is an increasingly important strategic asset for an organisation and like all important assets it should be managed within a formal framework.

Open Data

Open Data means data that is published in accordance with the principles set out in the Open Data Charter, which speak for themselves, though in the private sector we would replace the word ‘Citizen’ with ‘Community’:

The Reality Virus

There’s a new virus infecting the Internet that’s more pernicious and more dangerous than any virus that has gone before. It’s the first example ever of a hybrid Internet-human virus and probably the universal common ancestor of all hybrid Internet-human viruses to come.

The condition the virus leaves behind is increasingly well recognised and goes by the understated label of “post-truth” but the virus itself is so far anonymous and so I propose we name it after the effect it has on those it has infected who, put simply, can no longer distinguish reality from fiction, hence the reality virus.

10 things every board should be doing about cyber security

After many years with cyber security as a fringe issue, more and more boards are becoming aware of just how important it is that they have a clear oversight of the company’s cyber security posture and the risks to the company if they don’t. For boards still grappling with this complex area I share these 10 hard learnt lessons to help them develop that clarity.