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Junior Marketing Executive

  • Location: Glasgow
  • Starting at £18,000 p/a
  • Full-time

We’re looking for someone who has a way with words, and will be able to communicate our brand voice. You’ll be joining at our HQ in Glasgow.

At Pyramid, we’ve built a new kind of WiFi router. One that fits in your pocket, protects your privacy and gets rid of pesky restrictions 🚀

You’ll be at the heart of Pyramid

Our mission is to make online freedom open to anyone.

We’re already on our way by building a great product but to thrive we need to share our vision for a better internet with the world 💪

Our product may be tech, but our brand is not technical. We like to speak in “plain english”, as the language our audience uses, and not to be formal or corporate.

What will you be doing day to day?

This is a dynamic role, so enthusiasm is needed as you’ll be wearing lots of hats and refining a range of skills, as part of a small and growing start up:

  • Working closely with our CEO to help implement the marketing and communications strategy
  • Convey the company’s tone of voice in all communications
  • Get involved in content creation – brainstorming, writing, editing etc
  • Communicate with target audiences and build and develop customer relationships
  • Own and grow our Affiliate Marketing channel, helping to add and communicate with brand partners
  • Help with marketing plans, advertising, direct marketing and campaigns
  • Support PR opportunities 

This role has incredible opportunity for growth and the right candidate can become a key player in a fast growing business.

You should apply if: 

  • You are a positive person and enjoy being challenged
  • You have flawless written English
  • You have a willingness to be flexible in daily tasks and responsibilities
  • You have an eye for design and excellent attention to detail
  • You not only have ideas but also can execute (you’re a doer), able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Understand Affiliate Marketing and how to best utilise it’s powers
  • You give really good feedback (and take it too)
  • You want to be part of the team that makes Pyramid!

Bonus points if:

  • You can demonstrate an interest/experience in copywriting, marketing or digital creative work.
  • You have some knowledge of Adobe packages e.g. Illustrator, Photoshop etc

There are also some serious perks 🙌

  • Great people. Join 15 other passionate and ambitious people at our growing and collaborative HQ in Glasgow.
  • Flex your body and your mind with plenty of learning opportunities and free Gym membership at our neighbouring PureGym
  • Flexible working hours. If you’re not a morning person, you’ll be glad to know we focus on results and not when you start.
  • Monthly activity outings 🏄
  • Great culture. We have an authentically good culture as a small and ambitious start up (not a corporation with bean bags).
  • Potential to become a key player in the business, with potential for growth in salary and equity for the right person.

Sound like a match?

This position will be available on a full-time basis. 

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form.

Pyramid WiFi Review

If you are a TV or movie fiend like myself you’ll already know that what you can stream online is very often tied to your IP address and where you are in the world. Take Netflix for example, while I access the service from within the UK their servers will only allow me to peruse a fraction of the TV shows and movies available to US based customers who pay a similar amount as I do per month.

VPNs and proxies are as old as the hills but they are often cumbersome, unreliable and all too easily blocked by content and service providers. Not to mention the fact that with many VPNs every website, service and stream you visit or use is collected in a log and can be analysed or even shared by your provider.  
  
Enter the Pyramid WiFi!

The Pyramid WiFi box is a tiny lightweight gadget which is smaller and thinner than an Amazon Echo Dot and it’s true what they say; good things do come in small packages!

This tiny device packs an almighty punch and allows your smart TV, video steamer, computer, iPad, smartphone etc to connect to one of 3,500 servers across 60 countries at the click of a button. The gadget connects to your router via WiFi or ethernet cable and the easy-to-use user interface allows you to select the country of the server you wish to connect to in order to unlock the content you wish to watch. If you have a testy firewall you can even connect using the handy ‘stealth mode’.

Its use isn’t limited to within your home. You can take your Pyramid WiFi and use it in any public WiFi hotspot provided you power it using a power bank or your laptop USB port. Using your Pyramid with a WiFi hotspot ensures all of your traffic is encrypted and secure and any miscreant nearby can’t intercept your data and steal your credentials.

The Pyramid device not only unlocks the internet by removing geographical restrictions but keeps you and your family safe online by cloaking your IP address, preventing your ISP or VPN provider from logging your internet usage and protecting you while you use public WiFi hotspots even if they are unsecured. There are plans to launch an app Pyramid Go, which will allow users to benefit from the protection and cloaking features while on the go using their 4G connection.

Paul McGinley, the man behind the Pyramid won a Student Enterprise award from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise for his invention and concept in 2016. Pyramid is a corporate supporter of The Open Rights Group and online they are advocating for the rolling-back of what they refer to on their website as ‘a rapid decline in freedoms in the UK.’

I’ve used Pyramid for just over a week now and I’ve already been able to cancel my long-standing VPN subscription. The Pyramid arrived in a very smart and sleek box and I had it set up and functioning within five minutes. I’ve been using the device to watch (a very kind friends’) US television package and have unlocked a whole host of additional US content on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. If you want to stay safe online, get the most out of your streaming subscriptions and don’t want every step of your online life being recorded by your ISP or VPN provider, then I’m sure you’ll love Pyramid as much as I do. Unlike many other services I’ve tried over the years, the Pyramid device and its servers are very fast and I didn’t spend half the time buffering or watching an out-of-sync video.  

Pyramid is available to buy online at an introductory price following a soft invite-only launch last month. You can currently buy a Pyramid WiFi device with a 2 month pass for £39, with an annual pass for £69 or a lifelong pass for £199. If you choose the monthly option, the subscription will renew month to month at £5.99 and you can cancel your service at any time. Pyramid WiFi comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.

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Has Theresa May made porn a human rights issue?

Government-imposed parental controls are coming. But is it a gross violation of civil liberties or a stroke of genius?

Under legislation pioneered by Theresa May the internet is about to change and by the end of this year, you will be required to use a credit card or other form of ID to access adult content online. In this article, we explore what age verification will look like, whether it’s the beginning of the end for online freedoms and how you can avoid it.

What is Age Verification?

Living in the UK, many of us are familiar with the concept of having to flash a drivers license in order to buy some cheap cider or go clubbing. But until now, it’s not been required in our bedrooms.

However, with the recent Digital Economy Act passing into law, and a late-2018 deadline for sites to implement Age Verification checks, you may soon be faced with the dilemma of whether to rely on your imagination or sacrifice your privacy as all sites which contain adult content will legally be required to obtain documents to prove your identity.

What will it look like?

The main way that Age Verification is expected to be implemented is through Age ID, a system developed by MindGeek, one of the world’s most popular media companies that nobody has ever heard of…

Whilst you may not be familiar with the mothership, you’ll almost certainly be familiar with the daughter brands with MindGeek operating some of the world’s largest ‘adult tube’ sites including PornHub, Redtube, Tube8 and YouPorn. These sites have a viewership higher than Channel 4 in the UK, suggesting that the Great British Bake Off is not the only place the British public enjoy seeing a soggy bottom.

Their verification system is likely to work by requiring you to enter your credit card or upload photographic ID, creating an account which links your identity with the content you usually conceal with private browsing mode.

The company says it expects to sign-up 25 million people in the UK to its system, which is around a third of the entire population and over half of all internet users. It seems almost absurd – in the era of daily breaches, GDPR and the Cambridge Analytica scandal – that our government would not only allow, but actively orchestrate the development of a system which could expose the sexual viewing history of millions of people.

With credit ratings, most people are familiar with the concept that the way they spend money leaves a digital trail, something that re-entered the public consciousness just last year when Equifax — a leading credit rating provider — was hacked exposing the financial information of 145 million customers. However, whilst most people tolerate a bank history, a digitised wank history is an altogether more disturbing proposition.

However, whilst most people tolerate a bank history, a digitised ‘wank history’ is an altogether more disturbing proposition.

It is even more bothersome when you consider the PornHub-parent operator has thus far monetized its business with flashy banner ads promising to help you to “add 3 inches” or find “hot singles in your area”. Not exactly a pin-up example of a company that we should trust with a database of our sexual preferences.

Is it a case of Dave-jà vu? 

 

Even more of a concern is that the implications of this legislation could run far deeper than just porn. In fact, a look into the not-so-distant past may indicate a rather more worrying transition toward Chinese-style censorship.

If you feel a sense of familiarity with this war against online freedoms, it may be evoking memories of the 2013 shitshow in which David Cameron forced internet providers such as BT and TalkTalk to block an estimated 1 in 5 websites in some misguided quest to protect children from seeing objectionable content. Although at least in 2013, unlike the current proposition, users were able to opt-out of aggressive internet filtration.

Under Age Verification, Theresa May continues the tradition of censorship promising to impose fines and even blacklist sites that don’t comply.

It remains unclear whether the new legislation will follow-on from earlier ISP filters in restricting not only sex — but also a plethora of other content with the current ISP filters blocking sites with themes including LGBT, self-harm or mental health and articles from Wired and NewStatemen indicating that filters were homophobic, and potentially damaging having blocked agencies such as Childline, Refuge, Stonewall or the Samaritans.

Concerningly for organisations like us, who aim to provide simple ways for anyone to protect privacy and avoid censorship, ‘web blocking circumvention tools’ are also often blocked with ISP filters. Currently, it remains unclear whether the government will seek to silence or blacklist such sites under the incoming system.

What can you do to protect yourself?

 

Age Verification is only one of the concerns regarding the current digital policy in the UK, with other legislation such as the Investigatory Powers Act requiring internet providers to log your browsing history. We understand the desire to protect children online, but imposing a state-level parental control system is not the solution.

Thankfully getting around these restrictions is easy as you can either install software — called a Virtual Private Network — on each of your devices or use a product like Pyramid WiFi (disclaimer, it’s our product) which allows you to eliminate censorship and protect your privacy without any software or fuss.