The Great Debate UK

from Jack Shafer:

What do Miley Cyrus, Ricky Gervais and William Shatner have in common? Quitting Twitter.

By Jack Shafer
September 18, 2014

Singer Miley Cyrus poses backstage after winning Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball" during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood

Almost as much as celebrities love to tweet, they love to quit Twitter. And as much as they love to quit Twitter, they love to return to the social networking service.

from Jack Shafer:

If I unfollowed you, it’s because you tweeted about the World Cup

By Jack Shafer
June 26, 2014

WC Tweet

At the rate I'm going, the number of people I follow on Twitter will have dropped from 640 to zero on July 13, after the last World Cup match concludes.

Help, I want my email back…

April 15, 2014

The web-based Heartbleed bug has dominated discussions about online security in recent days. We’ve been told to change passwords, and if you were a regular user of Mumsnet then you’ve probably had your data stolen, the forum said in a message earlier this week. While I was reading all of these articles not once did I think to actually change any of my passwords. This is not because I think that I am immune to Heartbleed and its evil ways, but rather I don’t think the data this super bug could steal from me would be of much use to anybody.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Buying into Big Brother

By Nicholas Wapshott
June 12, 2013

Whatever high crimes and misdemeanors the National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden may or may not have perpetrated, he has at least in one regard done us all a favor. He has reminded us that we are all victims of unwarranted and inexcusable invasions of privacy by companies who collect our data as they do business with us.

from Paul Smalera:

What real Internet censorship looks like

February 27, 2012

Lately Internet users in the U.S. have been worried about censorship, copyright legalities and data privacy. Between Twitter’s new censorship policy, the global protests over SOPA/PIPA and ACTA and the outrage over Apple’s iOS allowing apps like Path to access the address book without prior approval, these fears have certainly seemed warranted. But we should also remember that Internet users around the world face far more insidious limitations and intrusions on their Internet usage -- practices, in fact, that would horrify the average American.

from Felix Salmon:

Understanding Twitter’s valuation

By Felix Salmon
February 10, 2011

Count me in with Paul Kedrosky: there's something extremely irritating about Shira Ovide's Deal Journal blog post this morning kvetching about how high the mooted valuation of Twitter is.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan, blasphemy, and a tale of two women

January 24, 2011

blasphemyprotestFor all the bad news coming out of Pakistan, you can't help but admire the courage of two very different women who did what their political leaders failed to do -- stood up to the religious right after the killing of Punjab governor Salman Taseer over his call for changes to the country's blasphemy laws.

from Breakingviews:

Privacy is the Person of Last Year

December 15, 2010

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

First Direct CEO Matt Colebrook answers your questions

By Matt Colebrook
October 4, 2010

– Matt Colebrook is Chief Executive of online bank First Direct. The opinions expressed are his own. –mattcolbrook