If you can, then take the next step in regaining control of your own data, by moving it to a service controlled by you or by those you trust. By doing so, you'll be bringing the Net one step closer back to the decentralised, egalitarian network of users that it was when it began, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
‘Free’ data sounds great, but it usually comes with a cost hidden behind backroom deals made between content and network providers, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
Dr Jeremy Malcolm looks at efforts to develop a common, interoperable system for e-payments, the need for such a system, and how it may affect consumers.
The leak of the TPP's IP chapter confirms that we were all right to be worried – the TPP is indeed bad news, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
None of the organisations involved in Internet governance actually represents grassroots Internet users, or are even multi-stakeholder by any usual definition of the term, argues Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
Anti-counterfeiting campaigns shouldn't be cloaked as consumer protection measures, when what they really come down to are protecting industry’s copyright and patent rights, and the monopoly profits that they draw from those rights, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
Digital rights management (DRM) systems or ‘digital locks’ have created an imbalance in the relations between consumer and content owner, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
Have a Facebook or Gmail account? Been using Skype? Made any phone calls to the United States recently? Chances are the US National Security Agency (NSA) knows all about it, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
In online advocacy, there is often the tendency of campaigning organisations to exaggerate the issues at stake, argues Dr Jeremy Malcolm, who adds that online campaigning also has to be followed through by real-world action.
An easy but deceitful way for businesses to trust and respect is to establish fake consumer organizations or campaigns, a practice known as 'astroturfing' and which is being used by trademark holders in their campaign against new TLDs, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.