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Nigel Morris-Cotterill's blog

Looking into suspicion for the new book "How does that make you feel?" an important source of material is in relation to stop and search. Add in profiling and predictive policing and it all starts to look a bit like the Tom Cruise film "Minority Report."

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1500 words on philosophy and quantum physics and how they apply to the decision making process in financial institutions when trying to identify financial crime.

Not a bad morning's work.

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I'm grateful to NatWest for telling me of a possible security breach relating to my "Credit Card Online Service" but there are a couple of factors that don't quite hang true - aside from the basic one that, like most recipients of phishing mails, I don't have an account with the target bank.

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I have just watched the entire speech by US President Obama given at the US Department of Justice. I watched it with my friend in Paris : both of us watching the BBC until they cut away with only a few minutes to go so they could interview one of their own journalists standing in the cold of a Washington winter. Then we switched to CNN where, fortunately, they didn't discuss it in their usual banal fashion. Which is good because we were discussing it over an internet phone connection as it was going. He and I have concocted a note together intending that it would appear on both our websites...

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At long last the US has taken action against one of the entities that failed to properly monitor the fraudulent activities of Bernard Madoff. One has to hope that the investigation does not stop there: his activities were not, presumably, conducted only through JP Morgan.

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Sitting at home doing all kinds of things - including researching and writing both "Sun Tzu and the Art of Litigation" and "How does that make you feel" as well as other work that kept me locked to my desktop for, in total more than a year, I've just been re-introduced to the delights of long distance travel. I was looking forward to it: I used to spend as much as 200 nights a year away from home, often sleeping on a plane between leaving a meeting at the end of one day and just getting to the next early in the morning. There was even a plan, just for the hell of it, to present a breakfast...

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The recent example of a satirical article ascribing comments to the Pope, and the editorialising that surrounded those comments, is thought provoking and funny - but only if you know it's a joke. Regrettably, the internet, due to the lack of ethics and honesty, to say nothing of in some cases downright malicious or self-promoting actions, of some users, means that the story has spread far and wide - without the warning that it's satire.

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Dear Google

My name and e-mail address have been used in a fraudulent spam campaign which, it is foreseeable, might also relate to the financing of terrorism.

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The news that Ireland has paid back its EU bailout money is a surprise. What is not a surprise is its immediate response to so doing.

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We, as an industry, are increasingly sold the idea that social media is the first reliable port of call for due diligence: basically, the idea is that if a person doesn't have, for example, a Facebook or a LinkedIn profile, they don't exist, that they are inherently somehow lacking in credibility.

The argument is that the opposite is true: that an effective social media presence confirms that person's existence and presents corroboration of what they are saying.

It's not as reliable as it seems. And worse, it's causing a credibility issue for companies.

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