We rarely give it a moment’s thought. Consciously, or more often subconsciously, we have been accustomed to sharing a piece of personal information without a second thought: our phone number. Each of us, on average, punch in our digits to sign up to use apps and websites more than 100 times a year — and that’s just online. Our mobile phone numbers have become permanently attached to us because we rarely change them, keeping them from job to job and place to place.

So, before you hand over your number, ask yourself: is it worth the risk?

What risk do…


As most of you know, the witch plans to devour the children after fattening them up. With the benefit of hindsight to the classic fairy tale, we can draw our own similarities to Facebook. We The People being the collective Hansel and Gretel.

After the revelations of the forthcoming privacy update, Facebook has scrambled to deal with a sudden competitive threat to its messaging platform WhatsApp, and for good reason. We know users are turning to rivals such as Signal and Telegram in considerable numbers. Signal was downloaded close to 10m times worldwide since the announcement versus 246,000 on a…


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Writing for writing sake is bad. First up, the irony of the title and content in this article isn’t not lost on me. I’m an advocate for meaningful content, just not content-for-content sake. This post is deliberately short and sweet.

“With consumers increasingly conscious of the time they are wasting online, we’ll see more people leaving social networks, more tools for digital detox, and more focus on ‘meaningful’ content.” Media and Tech Trends & Predictions 2019 — Newman Predictions

I’ve read countless articles, listened to endless podcasts and watched various TedTalks and motivational speakers telling me — and I’m likely…


Credit: Reuters

Writing for writing sake is bad. First up, the irony of the title and content in this article isn’t not lost on me. I’m an advocate for meaningful content, just not content-for-content sake. This post is deliberately short and sweet.

“With consumers increasingly conscious of the time they are wasting online, we’ll see more people leaving social networks, more tools for digital detox, and more focus on ‘meaningful’ content.” Media and Tech Trends & Predictions 2019 — Newman Predictions

I’ve read countless articles, listened to endless podcasts and watched various TedTalks and motivational speakers telling me — and I’m likely…


My grandfather in New York in the 70's

Adorning the wall of my grandfather’s study in the picturesque, quintessential British village of Mayfield in East Sussex, hangs a poem by Edgar Albert Guest; It couldn’t be done.*

“There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.”

It was positioned in a shaded corner of the room, close to the door, in a very subtle frame no bigger than a table mat. Nevertheless, it jarred. It stood out despite its relative insignificance to the…

Jack Briggs

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man; but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can!” Walter Wintle

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