The past year has seen the world's digital transformation take another significant step forwards. Cyber security, wearable technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and the continuous expansion of the cloud, are all changing the way we interact with technology. But what does the future hold?
The cloud isn't just for techies anymore. Understanding what's next for cloud computing is crucial for businesses at all levels. Managers are responding to the real opportunities that the cloud offers to develop new business models, forge closer ties with customers and tap into the expertise of employees and partners.
The media in general and online editors in particular are not necessarily the bad guys here, far from it, they mostly just stick to their journalistic ethos... A possible solution could be that, after a set number of years, the article would either de-index itself or anonymise the individuals it cites. Some kind of "digital rehabilitation act" if you will, or a self-triggered right to be forgotten.
Using mobile phones simply for phone conversations is such an old-fashioned idea, right? These devices have evolved into smartphones that are now mobile information hubs for our needs on the go. Interestingly, many of us think of cars primarily as transportation to get us from point A to B. Similar to the evolution of mobile phones, we won't be thinking of our cars as so for long!
It is 5:23am. The alarm just went off. It has been a short night - the season 16 finale of Downton Abbey was on TV last night and I went to bed late. But I have a train to catch this morning and I'd better not miss it - I am starting a new job and I am due for orientation and training at headquarters.
Just as we have freedom of speech and equality in our day-to-day lives, it's only natural that, as we enter a more digitally-centric world, the same practices occur. As internet and connectivity continue to play a huge part in our lives, we need to make sure that net-neutrality also continues to play a part.
The world of connected everything is swift-approaching. A world where everyday objects - from our toothbrush to our car to our glasses - are able to communicate, save and share data. This is a time of great innovation with an avalanche of ever-smarter devices beginning to move our way, generating more and more data.
Of course, when data is the central resource in a world of connected machines, data privacy and security become paramount. Rapid strides are being made, both by regulatory agencies as well as industry bodies, in developing an effective policy framework for protecting client data and enforcing strict security policies.
With the introduction and rapid take up of technologies like social login, many companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have become 'identity providers'. If you've ever signed up to a new website and chosen to log in using a social media account rather than input all of your personal details then you will appreciate the advantages of this.