Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Sunday, January 14th, 2018
In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Cennydd gives an overview of what GDPR will bring to the web. This legislation is like a charter of user’s rights, and things don’t look good for the surveillance kings of online advertising:
The black box will be forced open, and people will find it’s full of snakes.
Friday, April 21st, 2017
A write-up of the BrightSparks programme that Clearleft is taking part in.
Each company agreed to help support one local child from a low-income family, on free school meals or with a yearly household income of under £25k.
Monday, January 30th, 2017
You don’t need to be an American citizen to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union. The online payment process is quick and painless.
If you make a donation—and I sincerely hope you do—ping people who are generously offering to match donations.
Monday, November 21st, 2016
A series of quick’n’dirty prototypes to illustrate some of the design challenges involved in handling personal data:
- Data access tracker
- Data minimisation
- Guardian for digital identity
- Home privacy settings
- Portable shopping list
- Single trip insurance checker
If we don’t start exploring what the General Data Protection Regulation means for people, the same thing that happened with the cookie law will happen again.
These new rights have the potential to improve how our digital products and services work.
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
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Yesterday Ireland held a referendum to amend its constitution in order to provide equal rights to gay couples who want to get married. Today it’s clear that the “yes” vote is going to carry the day.
This is amazing.
I left Ireland in the early ’90s. When I told people abroad about the medieval legal situation in Ireland on contraception, divorce, and homosexuality …well, people just wouldn’t believe me. Combined with the nationalistic political situation, I got used to a sort of permanent miasma of embarrassment towards the country I came from.
But today I feel a swell of pride.
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
But under the guise of innovation and progress, companies are stripping away worker protections, pushing down wages, and flouting government regulations. At its core, the sharing economy is a scheme to shift risk from companies to workers, discourage labor organizing, and ensure that capitalists can reap huge profits with low fixed costs.
There’s nothing innovative or new about this business model. Uber is just capitalism, in its most naked form.
Friday, October 19th, 2012
CAPTHCAs are a terrible, terrible solution to a technological problem. But at least these CAPTCHAs acknowledge that the person typing is not only not-a-bot, but a human being.
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Yet another reason to host your own content instead of sharecropping; danah boyd wakes up one morning to find her Tumblr account has been moved to a different URL.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
I believe it was the philosopher Conflicticus who said, "Only stupid bastards help EMI."
Monday, January 18th, 2010
Oh, the irony! Unconstitutionally draconian French "anti-piracy" organisation uses a pirated font in its logo.
Monday, May 11th, 2009
I’m Irish (well, half-Irish anyway). Most of the time, that’s something I can be proud of. Lately though, I’m feeling downright ashamed of my country.
ISPs in Ireland are facing legal threats by the recording industry trying to strong-arm them into cutting off internet access at their say-so …’cause, y’know, that worked out so well for New Zealand. Eircom have willingly rolled over. Other ISPs are resisting. A New Zealand-stlye blackout campaign is being organised.
While the recording industry tries to push through a policy of guilt by association, the Irish government is trying to revive an older form of guilt. Would you believe that, in Ireland, it might soon be possible to be found guilty of blasphemy? The supreme court says such a law is unenforceable, common decency says it flies in the face of separation of church and state, but the Irish justice minister says gimme that ol’ time religion.
Ah, Ireland. You’ve got the best music and the nicest people …but outdated business models and outdated superstitions make you the laughing stock of Europe.
What need you, being come to sense,
But fumble in a greasy till
And add the halfpence to the pence
And prayer to shivering prayer, until
You have dried the marrow from the bone;
For men were born to pray and save:
Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone,
It’s with O’Leary in the grave.
Friday, May 1st, 2009
Lawrence Lessig's newest book, Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy, is now available as a free PDF download.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Mark Pilgrim knows the score.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
Amanda L. French, Ph.D. » Blog Archive » Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter
Social networking Terms Of Service compared and contrasted.
Monday, February 16th, 2009
New Zealand is enacting one of the most draconian unfair ISP policing policies in the Western world. "Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act assumes Guilt Upon Accusation and forces the termination of internet connections and websites without evidence, without a fair trial, and without punishment for any false accusations of copyright infringement."
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
Here's a depressing counterpoint to my feel-good story about Iron Man: someone else who's picture was used in the film (in good faith) decided to sic the lawyers on Jon Favreau.
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
John has come to the same conclusion as Richard with regards to font embedding. In short, the font foundries are missing a huge revenue stream. They could be offering fonts on a per-domain basis (a la Google Maps or any other third-party API). Remâ€¦
Monday, September 8th, 2008
Kevin points out why you might want to keep your pictures on Flickr rather than Facebook. Like you needed a reason.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive Â» ORG verdict on London Elections: â€œInsufficient evidenceâ€� to declare confidence in results
The ORG have released their report into the London mayoral elections. â€œthere is insufficient evidence available to allow independent observers to state reliably whether the results declared in the May 2008 elections for the Mayor of London and theâ€¦