Archive

Year: 2017

  • TechMunch: Fighting racial discrimination with the help of VR

    February 9, 2017

    Last year, my colleague Stephanie predicted what 2016 held in store for tech. Unsurprisingly, the rise of virtual reality (VR) in the entertainment industry was high on the list, from the way we watch concerts and sports games to the way we consume social media. Having started the year appealing to hardcore gamers and early adopters, VR’s ambition of mass appeal is looking closer to coming to fruition. The advent of the smartphone-powered VR experience...

  • Five lessons we learnt from the BBC Today programme

    February 3, 2017

    This week we were fortunate to host both the BBC 'Today' programme's Business Presenter Dominic O'Connell and Business Editor Simon Hamer at The Langham for an FHF exclusive corporate breakfast with our Head of News Peter Meikle hosting. Here are the five lessons we learnt from the session. 1. Today still sets the agenda, especially when things are getting serious. On the morning of the EU referendum result, 11.5 million people tuned into Radio 4...

  • TechMunch: AI…even the experts are unsure on what the future holds

    February 1, 2017

    2017 is already ‘the year of AI’, and we've only just finished January. The world’s elite at Davos this year were actively debating the impact that AI and automation will have on industries, economies and currencies across the world. The technology is being touted as a large piece of the puzzle in achieving the idealistic ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ that global leaders are craving. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, claimed that AI could be the...

  • Feminist memes: should we share them?

    January 26, 2017

    As a person who identifies as a feminist whilst also actively participating in, at times ultra, feminine culture, I quite easily found solace in postfeminism. Post-feminism signals an era of (positive) entanglement between feminism, femininity and popular culture. It’s accepting that women can be feminine and still want equal pay; it’s breaking down that age-old stereotype that to be a feminist you must also be somewhat masculine (does nobody see that irony?). We do not...

  • TechMunch: The danger of trust – Social engineering in the technology industry

    January 25, 2017

    In the tech industry, social engineering refers to the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes. Now you might think only people who aren’t paying attention will be foolish enough to give away confidential information to someone they don’t know, but how often have you read an email from someone and simply trusted that they are who they say they are? I know...

  • Davos Digest #5

    January 20, 2017

    The FleishmanHillard Davos team is about to sign off for the weekend. But before we do, we’ll take a look back at the themes and outcomes from this #WEF17, as well as the day’s highlights. Wrapping up our Davos insights from the week is our very own Head of Media, and in-house Malcolm Tucker, Peter Meikle (also FH Head of News). Celebrity chefs, communists and a fast-changing world Of all the people at Davos, it...

  • Davos Digest #4

    January 20, 2017

    Day three and the finishing line can just about be seen in the distance. The day’s big news was made by Theresa May who, coming hot off the heels of her recent Brexit Speech in which she shocked many in declaring her willingness to walk away from the single market, followed up with another big key note. This time it was all about one simple message: Britain is open for business. AI and automation returned...

  • Davos Digest #3

    January 19, 2017

    Day two of Davos, and the spoils belong to meme-legend Joe Biden who covered a broad range of issues in a valedictory key note. In a not-so-subtle rebuke of Donald Trump, he called on the world’s richest 1% to ‘pull their weight’ in the global economy, attacking Russia for testing the fault lines of the current world order and described Nato as a ‘sacred obligation’. A strong start before most had sipped their first cup...

  • Davos Digest #2

    January 18, 2017

    Good morning! And we’re off… Against a backdrop of populist sentiment and anti-elitism, this was never going be just another Davos. And into the fray has stepped the leader of the world’s second largest economy, China. With its first presence in 25 years, all eyes (and ears) were tuned to President Xi Jinping’s steer on the global economy. The big news from Day One at Davos was the clash of this Presidential heavyweight with another...

  • Davos Digest #1

    January 17, 2017

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you might have noticed that the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos meeting kicks off today. And after a tumultuous 2016 the stakes have never been higher. It has been suggested that WEF has become an irrelevance. After all the conventional wisdom at Davos this time last year was that Donald Trump wouldn’t win the Republican presidential nomination, let alone the presidency; that Brexit would be defeated; globalisation was...