David has worked for NetNames (formerly Envisional) as a Brand-Protection Analyst / Consultant since 2004. He has managed the Analysis & Consultancy (Brand-Monitoring) team since 2006, and currently works in the NetNames Brand Protection office in Cambridge, UK, helping to serve a range of brand-protection customers in a variety of different industries.
David has also presented, or contributed to, a number of seminars, white papers and press releases, on the subjects of online brand protection, brand prominence and open-source investigation techniques.
He is the author of the Kogan Page book ‘Brand Protection in the Online World’, to be published in December 2016.
Today, 1st August, is World Wide Web Day – an annual occasion marking the ‘birth of the Internet’ at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland in 1990. This day also closely coincides with another significant anniversary in the development of the World Wide Web. Although some of the key technologies (a prototype web browser and the HTML language in which webpages are traditionally written) were created in 1990, it was not until the following year that a description of the project was released on a series of newsgroups. This information was published on 6th August 1991, meaning that 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Web as a publicly available service[1,2,3].
Following the opening ceremony last Friday, the games of the XXXI Olympiad are now well underway, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Olympic Games are big business. The cost, in public money, of simply hosting the 2016 games (including the construction of the necessary infrastructure) has been estimated at around $12 billion[1,2], though the final overall level of profit or loss is yet to be determined. In terms of ticket sales alone, it is estimated that a total of 7.5 million tickets will be sold, with prices ranging from R$40 ($12 US) up to R$4,600 (approx $1,400) for the most expensive seats at the opening ceremony.
On this year’s World Diabetes Day1, it is sobering to reflect on the recent, depressing predictions by Public Health England concerning the disease. The organization released a forecast stating that the number of people with the disease could top five million if obesity rates continue to increase, with one in ten adults in the UK being at risk of developing diabetes by 2035. This would mean that £1 of every £6 spent by the NHS would be allocated to providing care for diabetes patients2.