|When leaders lie|
By Cynthia Schoeman, Managing Director Ethics Monitoring & Management Services
Telling a lie is arguably something that everyone does from time to time. This can amount to a small exaggeration or a “white” lie that is apparently harmless. A lie can even be shaped by good intentions, for example to avoid hurting someone. (“Of course you look good in that new dress.” / "No, you have definitely not gained weight.”) But the “slippery slope” argument maintains that a relatively small first step can develop gradually until it amounts to something much more significant, when the lie is no longer harmless.
The other factor that exacerbates the impact of lying is when leaders lie. This stems from the fact that leaders exert the greatest influence on the conduct of others. But the ideal of being a good role model who influences his/her followers positively is, unfortunately, not always the case.
|How to spot a social bot on Twitter|
Source: MIT Technology Review
Social bots are sending a significant amount of information through the Twittersphere. Now there’s a tool to help identify them.
Back in 2011, a team from Texas A&M University carried out a cyber sting to trap nonhuman Twitter users that were polluting the Twittersphere with spam. Their approach was to set up “honeypot” accounts which posted nonsensical content that no human user would ever be interested in. Any account that retweeted this content, or friended the owner, must surely be a nonhuman user known as a social bot.
|Pamela Solarsh APR FPRISA|
Pamela Solarsh APR FPRISA passed away peacefully on 29 June 2014, aged 94. Pamela was one of PRISA’s founding members, being a member for 57 years. She attended, until a few years ago, every PRISA conference and was involved in various functions over the years.
She was a colourful person with loads of personality, known by many as ‘the lady with the hat’. She was employed at the City of Johannesburg where she served the Mayor for 30 years and could tell many stories of how a street or park or building got its name. She was instrumental in the development of The Oriental Plaza.
She will be missed at the PRISA office where she would often come and spend the day with the staff. If there was an opportunity to call members then she was the one to do the job.
Thank you for your many years of service to the profession.
Rest in Peace Pamela