Wednesday, 8 July 2009

TalkTalk unwilling to go it alone (Phorm)

The Times reports that after BT’s move, Charles Dunstone, head of Carphone Warehouse, said: “We were only going to do it if BT did it and if the whole industry was doing it. We were not interested enough to do it on our own.” More here. The Guardian report here that Virgin Media, meanwhile, has decided to review its opportunities in online advertising but is also not expected to implement Phorm's technology in the near future, having gone cool on the idea after intense criticism from campaigners.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.