An open letter to Kath Viner: You have 42 million chances to be a force for good. Bring your sense of mission to Merthyr.

“If the mission of the Scott Trust is to ensure that Guardian journalism will exist for ever, it is still left to us to define what the mission of that journalism will be. What is the meaning and purpose of our work? What role do we play in society? A Mission for Journalism in a […]

Will GDPR deliver the ‘and then some…’ moment of Tainter’s fabled thesis? What if we are one step closer to collapse?

“Tainter’s thesis is that when society’s elite members add one layer of bureaucracy or demand one tribute too many, they end up extracting all the value from their environment it is possible to extract and then some. The ‘and then some’ is what causes the trouble… NYU Professor Clay Shirky, in ‘The Collapse of Complex […]

Takeaways from C4CJ and Cardiff, 2018? That hyperlocals could be in sweetest of sweet spots as GDPR hits ad agencies…

“I predict the return of contextual targeting in Europe in a huge way in 2018. Retargeting is going to be impossible. Think media targeting 20 years ago in display. Brand publishers could be in a sweet spot. And we will have two different ad ecosystems in US & Europe…”                         cpokane (@cpokane) tweeted at 1:50 pm on Fri, […]

Max Schrems vs The Carpet Seller. Not for the first time in history, the revolting Hun is knocking on the gates of Rome…

“For three years Facebook has been fighting nail and toe against the courts jurisdiction in Austria and lost… Now, we can finally go ahead with the case. Facebook will now have to explain to a neutral court whether its business model is in line with stringent European privacy laws. This is a huge blow for […]

One, distant star in the adtech universe clings to one interpretation of GDPR. On Earth, WalesOnline watches and waits…

“A source close to the European Parliament’s legislative process told us that companies reliant on targeted profiling and advertising will suffer as a result of the new data protection rules, with some firms even going out of business, but that these rules reflect a decision made for the benefit of society… The Capitol Forum, GDPR […]

Pick your Hollywood movie. Doc Searls sees The Matrix and legion of Neos; I see Independence Day and a simple virus…

“I believe making every user a Neo is not only do-able, but the most world-changing revolution since the industrial one, which was when subordinating personal power to the requirements of big business began. Digital technology and the internet were designed for freedom, and not just for more enslavement on the industrial model… Doc Searls, ‘Every […]

This week we launch Addiply: The People’s Ad Network. And what might that look like? Well, ask Hollywood…

“To explain what this might look like as Google and Facebook continue to hoover up every last local ad dollar to be seen and prompt ever more dire warnings as to the future plurality and veracity of local news and information on either side of the Atlantic, I turn to Real Steel… At some point […]