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Michael O'Dwyer
An Irishman based in Hong Kong, Michael O’Dwyer is a business & technology journalist, independent consultant and writer who specializes in writing for enterprise, small business and IT audiences. With 20+ years of experience in everything from IT and electronic component-level failure analysis to process improvement and supply chains (and an in-depth knowledge of Klingon,) Michael is a sought-after writer whose quality sources, deep research and quirky sense of humor ensures he’s welcome in high-profile publications such as The Street and Fortune 100 IT portals.

Recent Posts

Posted on 02.13.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

How User Agreements Are Killing our Privacy 

Online privacy is a mythical creature not unlike the unicorn or Cyclops—we’ve all heard the tall tales, but we’ve never seen it in the wild. And we have only ourselves to blame. If we take governmental monitoring as a given and add the fact that U.S. ISPs can now...

Posted on 02.12.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

How Likely Are You to Lose Your Job to a Robot?

If some comedians speculate that women only tolerate men only because replacement devices can’t buy them dinner, perhaps employers of the future will be as logical when allocating robotic resources to their workforce?

Posted on 02.06.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

Digital Threats to Democracy—Real and Imagined

Democracy is in many ways about protecting freedoms, the freedom of the press, the freedom to bear arms, to arm bears, to vote in elections, and much more. With the advancement of technology, many feel these freedoms are under threat and the alleged Russian interference...

Posted on 02.02.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

The Rise of the $1000 Smartphone: Will Businesses Embrace Expensive Phones? 

The prospect of spending more than $1,000 in cold hard cash on a smartphone seems ridiculous to many of us, but after the much-publicized release of the iPhone X, the prospect became a very real one.

Posted on 01.23.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

How to Use Automation to Make Your Website Work for You

The global internet population now exceeds 3.7 billion users and when you consider that all are consumers and creators of data (even texting or tweeting counts,) the amount of data involved in a single minute is obviously high. As the Domo infographic demonstrates, 456...

Posted on 01.22.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

How IT Pros Really Feel About Successful Phishing Attacks

In a modern business, IT is responsible for a plethora of tasks, including user support, which typically takes up a disproportional percentage of the IT workload. 

Posted on 12.20.17 by Michael O'Dwyer

Cybersecurity In Automotives: One Of Many Risky IoT Systems

As technology develops, so do the risks associated with it. The idea of automated technology is intriguing, but it is crucial to understand potential threats.

Posted on 12.20.17 by Michael O'Dwyer

Does the Internet of Things Encourage Laziness or Drive Innovation?

The Internet of Things (IoT) encourages users to always be connected, to almost every active device and location. Advocates tout the benefits of sitting on our ever-expanding behinds with so-called labor-saving devices, while others warn of security risks, blatantly...

Posted on 11.29.17 by Michael O'Dwyer

How Can Companies Solve The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage?

The cybersecurity skill gap is a growing problem in the IT industry. Simply, the skill shortage needs to be fixed in order to fight the growing cybersecurity threat landscape.

Posted on 11.07.17 by Michael O'Dwyer

How Blockchain Technology Will Change The Audit World

The blockchain is a disruptive technology, and its implications are not fully understood yet. Here is how the blockchain could change the audit world.

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