Lightning – cryptocurrency and the Internet of Things

Bitcoin is an experiment. That's granted. The fact that it's trusted and actually useful is nothing short of phenomenal. Last week for example, the trade volume amounted to US$229m. Nevertheless, Bitcoin has some fundamental constraints that keep it from going mainstream: it has a ballpark limit of 7 transactions per second, and having confidence that […]

Why can’t Deezer answer simple questions about privacy?

I've just bought an Onkyo TX-8150 network receiver. Lovely. Especially because it can drive two pairs of speakers, eats so-called hi-res music (24/192 with a 32/384 Hi-Grade DAC), and comes ready to play nice with the likes of Spotify, Airplay and Deezer. Spotify tarnished its reputation somewhat with its privacy cock-up last year, and doesn't […]

On the future of manufacturing

I was invited last week to talk about the future of manufacturing at an event run by the manufacturing practice of one of the big law firms. Here's a whistle stop summary. It's a mind-blowing vista. Intro On considering political, economic, social and technological factors, it's unarguable that we're contemplating major flux in manufacturing. As […]

Google on collaboration – a new study

First published to Gigaom Research. Our customers often tell us that encouraging and enabling collaboration has dramatically improved their business. We decided to dig a little deeper by conducting some original cross-industry research that measures the power of workplace collaboration in concrete terms. This is how Google introduces the findings of its recent survey of […]

Work IT: bring-you-and-your-own-everything

First published to Gigaom Research. Cast your mind back a decade or more. Did you request specific hardware from your company’s IT team? If so, you started a trend that continues to play out to this day, and will continue to its logical and exciting conclusion. You may or may not have been successful in […]

Toward a social compact for digital privacy and security

Updated 16th September, embedding the videos of the session below. The Global Commission on Internet Governance ( was established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. With work commencing in May 2014, the two-year project is conducting and supporting independent research on Internet-related dimensions of global […]