LinkedIn is a necessary evil, a bit like standing in post office queues or changing the water in the fishtank. The price you pay for the convenience of connections to former colleagues is having to tolerate an infuriating parade of deceptive UX (“Please add another email to make sure you can always sign in”), gamified narcissism (“get 2% more profile views!” by sending a connection request to someone who died in 2013), and cringeworthy Americanisms (“Say congrats on the new job!”). 514 more words
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Last year I wrote rather extensively on the Consumer Rights Directive, an EU-wide overhaul of outdated consumer protection laws. The law, which was implemented through national legislation in each EU member state, mandated several changes which apply to both online e-commerce sales and offline, in-person transactions. 1,092 more words
I came across a forum discussion by my old muckers the Open Society Foundation where they discussed whether the right to privacy on the web – specifically in the form of the Right to Be Forgotten – is a form of censorship… 212 more words
At WordCamp Europe I discussed what the verdict in Delfi v Estonia means for our profession. This case, which was heard in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), concerned the issue of liability for comments on web sites, and had huge implications for any web site in Europe that allows comments. 834 more words
Two excellent WordCamp presentations on contracts have been posted to WordPress.tv.
The first talk was given by Chrissie Scelsi at WordCamp Miami 2015 and is called “Contract Basics for Web Professionals.” While the talk is geared towards an American audience, most of it is general advice applicable to any location. 124 more words
You may recall the post I wrote on the case of HL (A Minor) v Facebook. That case, a ranting polemic filed by the father of an out-of-control minor in Northern Ireland, had the effect of setting forth a practical standard for why requiring all social media users to confirm their identity with a government ID – as some right-wing politicians have demanded as part of their usual grandstanding theatrics – simply will not work in practice. 665 more words