The Sky is Rising…But for Whom?

There is something missing from the title of this upbeat report. The Sky Is Rising catalogues the explosion in creativity across almost every sector. More albums are being released. More books published. More films made. More photographs taken. It goes on to trumpet the growth in consumption. We are all listening to more music, watching more films … read more

Connect. Trust. Secure: The Internet of Things

The recent announcement by EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes about aconsultation on the Internet of Things (IoT), has fairly reflected the wish of industry, consumers and all interested stakeholders, including the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE),who have been looking forward to participate in such an initiative. At the same … read more

The online copyright war: the real cost

With the Hargreaves Report still fresh in the minds of the digital community, the hornets’ nest was once again disturbed today by an article published by The Guardian on digital copyright practice. Dominic Rushe, the author of the article, penned the argument that it was increasingly difficult to protect the digital intellectual property of artists, musicians publishers and … read more

Media questions Google’s stance on “web freedom”

Since the appearance of FCC’s damning allegation that Google “deliberately impeded and delayed” a federal investigation, the press has been drawing some enlightening comparisons between what Silicon Valley company says and what it does. In the immediate wake of the FCC order, Google co-founder Sergey Brin appeared in an exclusive interview warning that the web freedom was now facing … read more

FCC: Google “deliberately impeded and delayed” a federal investigation, Google: “We are pleased that they have concluded we have complied with the law”

When it first emerged that Google had surreptitiously collected sensitive personal data in its quest to map neighbourhood for its Streetview service in 2010, the company claimed to have been “mortified by what happened” and pledged to institute internal control mechanisms. Nearly 2 years on, however, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing … read more

Google founders ennoble themselves on the back of another profit surge

On the back of a 61 percent leap in profits, Google yesterday announced a contentious stock split which all but gifts co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin lifetime control of the company, reports ICOMP member One News Page. The internet giant proposes to double the number of shares in issue, attracting smaller investors by lowering the … read more

Expedia, TripAdvisor and Competition in Search

Last week Tripadvisor joined voices with a number of other businesses around Europe by publicly filling “a complaint with the European Commission to address anti-competitive and unfair practices by Google”. This in fact closely followed in the footsteps of a complaint from another OTA (Online Travel Agency). Expedia’s complaint, according to Reuters and Bloomberg, was said to offer “evidence of … read more