A number of companies which provide VPN's (Virtual Private Networks), or encryption services, are reporting a growth in the number of UK customers. One catalyst for this increased interest is the Investigatory Powers Bill. This will oblige internet providers to record which websites and services their user’s devices connect to. As a result, some UK based users are choosing to use tech companies which can hide their browsing habits. Matt Cox has been hearing more from tech consultant, Chris Green.
In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed a plan to unlock a billion pounds worth of new finance to help firms grow and resist overseas takeovers because of the weak pound. Share Radio's Matt Cox heard from tech consultant Chris Green to find out more.
Experts in the field of cyber crime will gather today at the Cyber Security Summit in London to debate the biggest threats towards Britain and businesses. To find out more, Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Cal Leeming - he became the UK's youngest convicted hacker, arrested when he was just 12 years old. Leeming is now a security advisor, and has spent the last eight years working as a software engineer and systems architect in Silicon Valley.
Snapchat is going for a share float, and it could be the largest technology listing in years. Social media platform's owner Snap, is said to be testing the water for a valuation of between 20 to 25 billion dollars. Since it started in 2012, the company has experienced phenomenal growth. It now has more than 100 million daily active users, of whom some 60% are in the key 13-24 age bracket that advertisers are so desperate to hook. But will fickle young users stay loyal if something new comes along, and are they the most lucrative market to tap for advertising? Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Leslie Pfrang, Partner at Class V Group, which works to prepare companies when going public and handling the IPO process, to discuss what Snapchat's move means for the IPO market.
Vaughan Rowsell, Founder of Vend, a New Zealand tech business, and Alex Fala CEO of the company, joined Share Radio to talk about the New Zealand tech economy. They also shared their thoughts on the recent earthquake that has struck New Zealand's South Island.
Trump has been clear about his views on immigration and nationalism. But what does the new US President-elect feel about the tech sector? Shares may have generally rallied on Wall Street, but those in tech firms kept falling. So, with the US being home to tech giants of Silicon Valley, is Trump trouble for tech or a potential boost for the industry? To find out more, Matt Cox spoke to tech consultant Chris Green.
Its China's Singles Day, also known as "bare sticks holiday". What began as an antidote to Valentine's Day has now become a spending fest, with Chinese consumers shelling out almost £6bn online last year. Matthew Crabbe is Director of Research in the Asia Pacific region for industry researchers Mintel. He told Share Radio that this year's singles day promises to put Black Friday in the shade.
As promotions and marketing activity shifts online, fraudsters are following suit. Advertisers are vulnerable because they have to rely on data detailing consumers visits to websites or clicks on ads. And it’s that data on online behaviour which is increasingly being faked - so advertisers pay for non- existent viewings of their messages. Recent studies have suggested that worldwide, markets could soon be wasting billions on digital advertising that is never seen. Rupert Staines, European MD of RadiumOne, joined Share Radio to talk on this.
Twitter's announcement that it will shut down its Vine video service and cut 9% of its workforce, put the future of the social media platform in question. Jerry Daykin, Global Digital Partnet at Carat, joined Share Radio to discuss.
A computer software was used to predict the results of nearly 600 past cases from the European Court of Human Rights - it managed to match the human judges' verdicts with 79% accuracy. So does this mean computers could help serve up justice in the future? Share Radio's Matt Cox heard from Dr Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis, Law Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and co-author of the research.