Blackphone – prompting consumers to question their trust in technology brands

Blackphone – prompting consumers to question their trust in technology brands

In June this year, a new smartphone called Blackphone, will go on sale to the public. The emergence of a ‘privacy first’ smartphone could cause consumers to question how established mobile providers protect their personal data. Products and services developed with privacy at its core are likely to foster a deeper sense of trust with…

Why the personal data economy is an important trend for businesses & citizens

Why the personal data economy is an important trend for businesses & citizens

Back in 2011, the World Economic Forum (WEF) compared personal data to oil, as an asset class of extraordinary economic value. Oil was central to the development of the industrial revolution. Without it, much of the infrastructure we take for granted today (transport, energy, etc.) would not have been realized. Presently, personal data is the…

Tech Trends 2014

Tech Trends 2014

I recently co-authored, with my colleague Olly Robinson, a set of four Tech Trends that will begin to impact the changing nature of business in the information age. The introduction: “A number of factors will influence the development of the technological environment in 2014. Emerging new markets and heightened consumer expectations will continue to drive…

Welcome to cyberspace – you may be asked for ID

Welcome to cyberspace – you may be asked for ID

The digital consumer is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Almost a third of the population on earth now use mobile communications – 3.2 billion individual subscribers use 6.8 billion mobile connections (GSMA Intelligence) out of a world population of 7 billion – with a whole generation of Digital Natives now brought up managing their lives with technology.…

Tech Trends 2013

Tech Trends 2013

What influences will shape the technological landscape of 2013? Economic conditions will continue to constrain growth, the emergence of new markets will present unique opportunities and challenges, and our growing inter-connectedness will further accentuate the successes and failures of industry stakeholders. So how is our relationship with technology evolving? And what does it mean for…