Where do you work? And, how do you approach that space?Continue reading “A sacred space”
Amazon-owned Ring, the market leader in video doorbells and maker of smart home security cameras, is in the news with a string of stories that beg for the dots to be joined.
Most recently, Ring’s partnership with US police departments has raised concerns over privacy, misuse of data and fears that “Amazon is building a privately run, for-profit surveillance state”.  See here, here, here and here for more information.
And, back in June, it was caught using customers’ video footage in its ads.
So, it’s worth pondering what your doorbell knows about your life.
Your doorbell knows you
If a family member falls seriously ill, your doorbell sees the steady flow of nurses and carers. The uniform that was once a sign of trust could now be a flag for marketing.
Regular visits from service engineers, pest control, florists or police? Your doorbell knows.
You could open your door to more than just a visitor. There’s an algorithm there, too.
After all, the people who come to your door are more public than the search history you’ve already surrendered.
And, Ring’s terms of service of generously broad. The company requires that:
“You hereby grant Ring and its licensees an unlimited, irrevocable, fully paid and royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right to re-use, distribute, store, delete, translate, copy, modify, display, sell, create derivative works from and otherwise exploit such Shared Content for any purpose and in any media formats in any media channels without compensation to you.”
Google (which owns the popular Nest brand of security camera) has similarly broad terms:
When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
How long before online ads reflect the visitors to your door?
It’s also worth noting that UK Government guidance on home security cameras states:
“you should make sure that the information recorded is used only for the purpose for which your system was installed.”
But, does that conflict with cloud providers’ terms of service?
Sales of home security cameras are booming
The UK market for Smart Home security devices is largest and fastest-growing in Europe. Data and research firm Statista estimates the UK market to be worth $0.51 billion in 2018 and set to grow at an annual rate of 20.8% between now and 2023.
Of the UK’s 25 million homes, 2.2 million (one in eleven) has smart home security devices fitted. This is forecast to be 6.0 million (almost one in four) by 2023.
Many of these cameras use cloud storage. It makes camera hardware cheaper and easier to install. It also gives the benefit of having your video data stored offsite.
But, how much are we at risk of (once again) becoming the product rather than the customer?
Does the tech that protects your pad while you sleep, sell your secrets while you wake?
 Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, quoted on BBC (2019), Amazon Ring: Police tie-up criticised by anti-surveillance campaigners, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49191005
 Statista (2019), Smart Home Report 2019 – Security, https://www.statista.com/outlook/digital-markets
Wise words on The Type of Meeting – and all that flows from this knowledge – from Execupundit’s Michael Wade.
Continue reading “Do the prep, stack the deck – @execupundit”
The type of meeting will determine which briefcase I bring, the tie and shoes I wear, the writing pad, and the pen.
And those are just the “superficials”…
I’m catching up on recent posts. Execupundit offers insight on business strategy…Continue reading “Strategy and equipment with @Execupundit”
Wells Fargo meeting the needs of non-traditional incomes.
Via the wonder of the web, an article in the Spokane Journal caught my eye.
Continue reading “Banking and freelancing – @WellsFargo”
In November, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. launched a new phone app called Greenhouse, which is being marketed to gig economy workers, as well as to people who are just getting started in learning how to manage their finances.
The Grey Fox talks openly and honestly about his evolving blog: seven years old and with a slightly broader remit of “ageing with style”:
Style is not just how you look and what you wear: it’s how you live – where you go on holiday, what car you drive, the watch you wear, what food and drink you like, what you do in your spare time, how you treat others, what books you read.
A late, but essential, addition to the previous post.
I feel I could both live and work quite happily there.
I love Georgian architecture and this looks amazing. I particularly like how the lawn rolls up to the front door.
The asking price is €1.45 million. More details here.
According to Neil Gaiman, in a recent tweet, “This is where I finished American Gods, where I wrote a lot of Anansi Boys, and where I got flu and completely failed to write any of the Graveyard Book. It’s the most peaceful and magical place. I hope it finds a new person who cherishes it.”
Yet another essential Basics 7 list from Nicholas Bate:
Tip 1: ensure it captures not only what you have to do but also what you want to do.
Tip 2: ensure it also addresses a world beyond work.
Tip 3: measure productivity by pay-off not simply the tick: go beyond ease, urgency and what’s next…
Back in the century of 9 to 5, there was Home, there was the Commute and there was the Office.
In the age of the sovereign professional, the Commute often disappears. Home and Office become one.
According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, 4.3 million people now work from home. That’s 13.6% of the total workforce (both employed and self-employed). However, the data suggests that half (50.3%) of all self-employed people work from home, either wholly or using home as a base from which to visit clients.
That’s a lot of home-offices.
I love this. Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia have produced a font designed to aid recall: Sans Forgetica.
I think I’ve wittered many times (mostly on the Burning Pine blog) about how a little cognitive “friction” can aid learning and recall. The challenge in an commercial writing has been to get clients to accept the idea that hard equals good. The risk-averse always prefer muzak.
It is designed to boost memory retention by disrupting a person’s usual reading patterns. Reading Sans Forgetica requires extra effort, unlike traditional fonts that many readers are able to scan without creating a “memory trace”.
This process, the font’s creators say, boosts engagement with the words and deepens cognitive processing, adhering to the psychological principle of “desirable difficulty”.
“It should be difficult enough, but not too difficult or too easy,” Janneke Blijlevens, an RMIT lecturer in experimental methods who also worked on the project, said. “There is an optimal level of difficulty to read which leads to the highest memory retention.”
He said that the font was ideal for highlighting important facts that might need to be recalled during an exam, such as dates, historical events and quotes. “You would certainly never set an entire novel in it,” he said. “I like to think of it as blue cheese, it works very well in small portions.”
The researchers recruited 400 students to test a range of memorable fonts and Sans Forgetica was the clear winner subverting the right amount of design rules without becoming completely unreadable. It was then tested alongside a more conventional font in a simulated exam. Students remembered 57 per cent of a section of text in Sans Forgetica, compared with 50 per cent of the text written in Arial.
A font that works like blue cheese. Perfect.