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Introducing Kevin Townsend

Posted by Kevin on April 13, 2015

I have been a freelance writer specializing in information technology for all of my working life. For the last fifteen years I have specialized in information security, starting in 1999 with the foundation of I sold to Tippit Inc in the mid-noughties (but retained Tippit Inc sold it on to Ziff Davis. […]

Deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media

Posted by Kevin on January 7, 2018

One thing I really dislike is deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media. LinkedIn is a prime example, especially after its acquisition by Microsoft. Ever since Nadella took the helm, Microsoft seems hell bent on monetizing anything that moves — and I think we’re just seeing the beginning with LinkedIn. LinkedIn members […]

The Equifax breach beggars belief

Posted by Kevin on September 17, 2017

The art of spin is to make bad news look like good news. Well, good luck to Equifax in spinning its way out of the loss of 143 million credit records in America. Equifax UK, however, is having a stab at it. With classic timing it released its statement late on Friday — I received […]

Security Fails require GDPR

Posted by Kevin on July 8, 2017

It might seem as if the penalty fines of up to 4% of global turnover contained within GDPR are a bit draconian — but they are not. Three separate incidents over the last few weeks demonstrate just how many businesses simply don’t care about their customers’ privacy; and I doubt if such attitudes can be […]

Beware the New Fisher Queen

Posted by Kevin on June 21, 2017

Theresa May has become the new Fisher Queen of legend — the wounded, impotent keeper of the Holy Grail (the financial supremacy of the few). The original Fisher King presided over the decline of his country into a barren wasteland; and this new Fisher Queen seems intent on doing similar. The Holy Grail will be […]

My June Vote

Posted by Kevin on May 30, 2017

I must repeat what I said before the last general election in the UK: I shall not vote. I dismiss as absurd the thoughtless claims that I have a duty to vote. I do not. I have a duty to follow my beliefs, to stand for what is right and to criticise what is wrong. […]

May must be out in June: our last chance

Posted by Kevin on May 22, 2017

Let’s not beat about the bush — Britain was tricked into voting for Brexit by an establishment determined to break Brussels’ interference in its increasingly hard-line and authoritarian policies. Theresa May is implementing that determination. There could be no IP Act nor Digital Economy Act if the ECJ has any say over UK laws. The […]

Did democracy win with Macron? Doubtful

Posted by Kevin on May 8, 2017

My first thoughts on Macron’s victory were that democracy had prevailed. But second thoughts made me wonder. We’re too accustomed to thinking of democracy in old-fashioned Left (socialist) and Right (fascist) terms. Democracy is the peoples’ decision anywhere between left and right. But there is a new (or at least only recently so overt) political […]

Trump, Brexit and the Norns

Posted by Kevin on April 2, 2017

2016 is likely to prove a pivotal year in contemporary history. Two major votes saw the US election of President Trump and the UK exit from the European Union. It was a right-wing populist swing for UKUSA – and I called both votes wrong. I expected both to be close, but the other way round. […]

Trumpton Tower: a modern slapstick

Posted by Kevin on March 18, 2017

In true slapstick style, Trump sticks it to GCHQ, and GCHQ slaps down Trump. All over what did or did not happen in Trumpton Tower. Background On 4 March, the realDonaldTrump tweeted an accusation that former President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the run up to the election. Is it legal for a sitting […]

Get my goat

Posted by Kevin on February 24, 2017

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get my goat, it is this kind of claptrap you find all over LinkedIn. Seriously? Has Dr. Ken Jennings really discovered the difference between success and failure? What is success? What is failure? Is a CEO successful and a postman a failure? Go Green and you will be a […]