What is tl;dr?

Written by Linda Lundin

April 28, 2020

The acronym stands for “too long; didn’t read”

While the origin of tl;dr was an online insult criticising a post as overly long, it has transformed into a helpful, sometimes humorous, summary of a complicated phenomenon. It is like the twitter-length version of a summary.

The idea to create this blog started a few years ago. In my former role as CEO for Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Sweden, a big part of the job was about keeping up with the developments in the area of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). I often started reading a report, only to stop halfway through when I realised that the content was not really what I was looking for. I often wished that someone could have summed it up for me to give me a hint on if it would be worth my time to read the whole report or not. Kind of the same way I do with posts online: I read the tl;dr first and then, if it catches my attention, I invest the time to actually read the post.

In our time of constant information overflow, I want to make things a little bit easier by providing a tl;dr to the reports and articles I read on the broad spectrum of topics addressing GRC, especially when it comes to digitalisation. I hope it is of use to someone out there!