Join our network of non-profits, companies and individuals who believe social change can happen through design.

Become A Member

Zoe Jackson

New South Wales, Tuggerah, Australia


Member since March 05, 2013

  • Don-bush_132_


    Lately we’ve seen a lot of news stories about the National Security Agency’s program for tracking phone records, Internet searches and Facebook pages. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have decried and supported the practice, constitutionalists are debating over the legalities, and American citizens are either praising Edward Snowden’s courage or want him tried for treason.

    No matter which side of the issue you come down on, one thing to remember is not all online tracking is bad – especially when it comes to protecting you and your business.

    I’m talking specifically about tracking information on the Internet as it relates to cybercrime, fraud and securing the online ecosystem for consumers.

    A couple of years ago legislation started to appear in various states known as “do not track” laws. These policies wanted to leave it up to consumers to determine whether or not they wanted to be tracked. Then the federal government stepped in and saw this as a consumer privacy issue. It was quite a soapbox issue for politicians to beat their chests and talk about the evils of big business invading the privacy and personal information of consumers.

    I have no doubt that some companies use personally identifiable information in ways that would make consumers cringe. However, the problem is a double-edged sword. If consumers determine what information, if any, can be reviewed during their online transaction, then criminals can, too.

    When making a purchase, or ...

  • Capture_177_


    accounting code 85230509026, cruse tax planning associates

    The Public Accounts Committee in the British Parliament has issued a critical report blaming large accounting firms, particularly the Big Four, for contributing to tax avoidance.

    “Confidence in our tax system can only be maintained if every company and every individual is seen to be paying their fair share of tax,” said Friday’s report from the House of Commons committee. “We held hearings last year to investigate why some multinational companies pay little corporation tax despite doing a large amount of business in the UK, and why some individuals can get away with using contrived schemes to avoid tax. We are also concerned about the role of tax advisors and in January 2013 we took evidence from Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG, and PwC to understand more about the nature of the tax advice they provide.”

    The report noted that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs department appears to be “fighting a battle it cannot win in tackling tax avoidance.”

    “Companies can devote considerable resource to ensure that they minimize their tax liability,” said the committee report. “There is a large market for advising companies on...