The Conversation, on use of algorithms in Government

Not just A-levels: unfair algorithms are being used to make all sorts of government decisions Adam Harkens, University of Birmingham The recent use of an algorithm to calculate the graduating grades of secondary school students in England provoked so much public anger at its perceived unfairness that it’s widely become known as the “A-levels fiasco”. […]

The Conversation, on Games and moral development

Video games affect your moral development but only until you’re 18 – new study Pixel-Shot/Shutterstock, Author provided Sarah Hodge, Bournemouth University Young people have probably spent much more of their time than usual playing video games over the last few months thanks to the coronvirus pandemic. One report from telecoms firm Verizon said online gaming […]

The Conversation, on Blockchain and Sustainability

Three ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis Clint Adair/Unsplash, FAL Bernhard Reinsberg, University of Glasgow The world has failed to halt global warming. Four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, most experts predict global warming will exceed the agreed thresholds, with disastrous consequences. As much as the […]

The Conversation, on the challenges of videoconferencing

Zoom security: I’ve researched problems with video conferencing for years – here’s what you need to know Spot the intruder. Andrey Popov/Shutterstock Thomas Reisinger, De Montfort University The video conferencing app Zoom gained about 2 million new users in the first two months of 2020 – and that was before the World Health Organization declared […]

The Conversation, on videoconference fatigue

Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring Dean Drobot/Shutterstock Andrew Hines, University College Dublin and Pheobe Sun, University College Dublin Many new phrases have entered our vocabulary as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. “Zoom fatigue” refers to the mental exhaustion associated with online video conferencing. We can change how we […]

The Conversation, on Working from home

Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it Mixing worlds. unsplash.com/@charlesdeluvio Fiona Carroll, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Mohamed Mostafa, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Simon Thorne, Cardiff Metropolitan University The effects of coronavirus on the economy already appear bleak. Unemployment and government borrowing are soaring and a recession seems inevitable. Yet amid these worrying developments there […]

The power of your voice

Many fee-earners at law firms are taught by their seniors on the value of dictation, be they Managing Associates or Partners and non fee-earners such as senior Personal Assistants. It is unarguably an incredibly valuable skill. Most of us love to talk, and yet without buying-into proprietary systems many firms who would love to have […]

Multimedia

Every firm uses multi-media solutions – be it within Chromium, Firefox, Vivaldi, or other web-based systems, or a more powerful tool such as VLC or the Chromium OS. If you want to record, stream, playback, edit or otherwise just tinker with most multimedia files, as well as DVDs, CDs, VCDs, VideoLan’s VLC media player is […]