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1411, 2016

Defend, Deter and Develop: Exploring the UK’s Cybersecurity Strategy

By |November 14th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Defend, Deter and Develop: Exploring the UK’s Cybersecurity Strategy

by Dr Andrew Whiting, Lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University

Last week the government revealed the National Cyber Security Strategy.  In this document the government set out their agenda, along with the priorities and objectives that will direct policy, partnership and procurement for the next five years.  This is the second such strategy that the […]

411, 2016

What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

By |November 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

By Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Websleuthing is the internet-facilitated investigation of crime by people not acting in an official capacity. Websleuths are essentially the twenty first century’s amateur detectives. In recent years, thousands of people – me included – have flocked to spaces like www.websleuths.com, true […]

1403, 2016

The highs and lows of Twitter’s first decade

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by Mark Brill, senior lecturer in Digital Communication and Future Media at Birmingham City University

Twitter is ten years old this month (21 March). At first, only a few people got the point of it, but throughout the decade it has become a place for revelations, revolutions and many indiscretions. It’s easy to see why.

The short-form format […]

1003, 2016

How can the media industry better engage with ethnic audiences?

By |March 10th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on How can the media industry better engage with ethnic audiences?

Indi Deol, Director of DESIblitz web magazine and speaker at this year’s #RethinkMedia conference at Birmingham City University

There are many challenges in terms of cultural differences, trust and language especially.

What needs to be realised is that there is diversity within the ethnic communities themselves. For example, a British Asian is not just of the same background […]

2805, 2015

The Government wants to treat everyone as a suspect and make us pay for the privilege

By |May 28th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on The Government wants to treat everyone as a suspect and make us pay for the privilege

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

The Queens Speech announced new monitoring powers this week “to tackle terrorism”. This bill entitled the “Investigatory Powers Bill” has its roots in the “Communication Data Bill” (nicknamed “the Snooper’s Charter”) which the government intended to introduce in the 2012-13 Parliamentary session. The Snooper’s Charter was eventually dropped due […]

2703, 2015

Why did Microsoft’s Internet Explorer fail to deliver?

By |March 27th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why did Microsoft’s Internet Explorer fail to deliver?

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

There have been reports in the computing press last week that Microsoft will cease developing Internet Explorer as part of Windows 10. Its eventual fate will be to be replaced with software which is currently known as Project Spartan and will be renamed when Microsoft’s marketing department decide how […]

2002, 2015

Obama needs to recognise the Internet’s success isn’t just down to America

By |February 20th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Obama needs to recognise the Internet’s success isn’t just down to America

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

There is much to be praised in President Obama’s plan for a free and open Internet  and much which might inform the polices of European Governments.  On the other hand, in his interview to Recode, he makes claims which really should be challenged:

Obama said: “We have owned the Internet. Our […]

3107, 2013

In defence of trolls

By |July 31st, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on In defence of trolls

By Professor Mike Jackson – Birmingham City Business School

Let’s be absolutely straight about this, it isn’t acceptable to make threats of violence, it isn’t acceptable to publish untruths about someone. In fact it’s illegal and it should be punished. But does this mean that all trolls should be locked up and their trolling days […]

2404, 2013

Ten years of iTunes retail

By |April 24th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on Ten years of iTunes retail

Andrew Dubber, Professor of Music Industries Innovation at Birmingham City University

The metaphors we adopt and discard are important when it comes to understanding how we make sense of the environment of the internet. Remember when we used to ‘surf the information superhighway’? Thankfully now we just sit at our computers and ‘use’ websites, or are, […]

2204, 2013

YouTube at eight

By |April 22nd, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on YouTube at eight

Jon Hickman, Senior Lecturer in New Media at Birmingham City University

The first YouTube clip is eight years old this week. I thought I’d write a brief note detailing some of the things I think of when I think of YouTube. Here are five things that came to my mind:
1. Trolling
One of the things that YouTube […]