May 19, 2020

BlackBerry Messenger May Be Restricted in the UK

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London riots
Bizclik Editor
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BlackBerry Messenger May Be Restricted in the UK


The British Government is considering social media and BlackBerry Messenger restrictions to prevent unrest. The recent riots in London and its surrounding areas in the UK has sparked this discussion of a potential crackdown.

Starting as a peaceful protest based on the fatal shooting of a resident on August 4th, violence broke out  and thus started a multiple day riot all across London and beyond, including Liverpool and Bristol, that resulted in looting, arson and vandalism.

As social media and BlackBerry Messenger were heavily used in spreading word about the London riots and allowed those participating to communicate and incite further unrest, it’s easy to see why Prime Minister David Cameron is coming to this conclusion.

In a statement to the House of Commons on August 11th, David Cameron explained his thoughts. “Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organised via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them.”

The Prime Minister and the British Government is currently, in collaboration with the Police and intelligence services, looking as if it would be plausible to stop communication via websites, such as Twitter, and services, such as BlackBerry Messenger once known they’re plotting violence, disorder and criminality.



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What this means for the UK’s public and corporations such as Research In Motion is too soon to tell. But it is clear that the use of social media and mobile communication in these riots and the consideration of the British Parliament  will have a strong effect on communication and its potential in the future. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR

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Racing fans can expect the ultimate virtual experience as a result of the partnership with Microsoft and NASCAR

Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).

These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack. 

“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”

“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”

“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR

  • Empower employees productivity and collaboration
  • Improve fan engagement and experience
  • Improve environment security and IT productivity
  • Improve racing operations


Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.

“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”

“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives. 

“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.

Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”

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