The chief executive of Ofcom, Sharon White, has called for new regulated industry standards for content platforms. She makes a sensible case for classifying Facebook et al as publishers pure and simple, and it doesn’t appear from his recent comments that Mark Zuckerberg would offer much resistance to this definition.
Professor Olhede, our colleague and member of the Hemera advisory board, reminds us this week on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme, that algorithms have been with us for thousands of years - the difference between ancient and modern mathematics is of course the sheer volume of data available to us now.
Tomorrow marks the first day of the EU general data protection regulation or GDPR. Yet it is clear from the influx of consent request emails from all types of UK businesses, many SMEs have received so-called expert advice which is not only inaccurate but more seriously, likely to impact their business and future marketing costs.