national security and the lawLawfare - Hard National Security Choices
The name Lawfare refers both to the use of law as a weapon of conflict and, perhaps more importantly, to the depressing reality that America remains at war with itself over the law governing its warfare with others.
‘rethink the foundations’Video: Can we save the open web?
to ‘monetize the monotonous’The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret
‘bring back the good things’Can we save the open web?
no standards = no funThe One CSS Feature I Really Want
The reason why I want this feature above all the other fun/crazy/cool features in CSS is because, currently, I can’t use those fun/crazy/cool features.
for ’a few extra dollars’Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists (heavy ads)
[Social Design Notes]
‘consumers... are losing’Focus On The User
‘ethics in data visualization’What's Wrong with this Picture?
‘indisputably creepy’The New Intimacy Economy
‘all in the semantics’The web accessibility basics
‘hostile to human rights’CDT Submits Evidence Opposing Orwellian UK Surveillance Law
‘free expression and privacy’Bill Aimed at Turning Internet Companies into Government Informants Still an Awful Idea
‘ethics in the digital age’Why It's OK to Block Ads
‘writing is scary’feel afraid. write anyway. repeat.
speaking of injected ads...AT&T Hotspots: Now with Advertising Injection
science vs. marketingHow not to measure security
more ‘problematic issues’Sadly, How Windows 10 Reveals Microsoft's Ethics Armageddon
‘far-reaching data collection’I noticed some disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10
‘a dramatic step backwards’Safeguarding Choice and Control Online
List: Web Tracking
no response (from Instagram)How Instagram closed my account and gave it to a football celebrity.
‘owning your own words’The Death of Blogging
...“blogging” dwindled back to being a feature of corporate websites, a format for online journalism, and a hobby of techies who like running their own web pages.
‘engagement’ vs. ‘theft of attention’Connected // Disconnected
bundling adware/malware?Goodbye, Sourceforge!
It’s sad to look at what has become of you.
Note: Though the dailywebthing cannot confirm the accuracy of everything stated on the linked page, the issue has come up before.
‘critical and informed’Public Seminar - Confronting Fundamental Problems of the Human Condition and Pressing Problems of the Day
a game developer's perspectiveA Pixel Artist Renounces Pixel Art
Note: Commercial site.
‘not an alternate universe’Twitter is a crowded bar
watching youThe Problem with Mobile Phones - Surveillance Self-Defense
thoughts on ‘public domain’The US government should release these 7,584 fruit paintings
‘disposable blogging’It Is Time to Write Something New
some words... about wordsEvery word counts
on bucking ‘the Spec’Nested links
Note: I can't say I'm convinced as to the usefullness of the ‘<object> trick’ (or nested links for that matter). /j.j
‘a tiny island’Asking why
‘serious privacy breaches’Get your loved ones off Facebook
a matter of trustThe Turn-Verizon Zombie Cookie
‘purpose-built alternatives’ neededStriking a balance between advertising and ad blocking
‘no gatekeepers’Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet
‘security is terrible’Everything Is Broken
‘into the digital age’All Our Ideas
Mix core ideas from survey research with new insights from crowdsourcing. Add a heavy dose of statistics. Stir in a bit of fresh thinking. Enjoy.
“Enjoy the ride.”Candy Overload
What can we do to avoid burnout as our innate curiosity compels us to look at every new shiny toy that captures our eye? You need to incorporate some forced time off the grid each week.
on craving connectionStop Being Social
‘only a partial legal win’Mobile Phone Unlocking, Now Less Illegal?
on the need for accessibilityAn Alphabet of Accessibility Issues
‘humans on the sidelines’Is our tech making the world too complex?
‘the consumers lose’Google, Twitch, and the inexorable grind of capitalism
‘startling methods’ of deceptionHacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet
privacy impact ignored?Privacy Implications of Social Media Manipulation
a look at ‘crowd behaviour’The odd psychology of the compassionate crowd
a ‘personal security initiative’How to Build a Secure Online Presence
‘commitment to user freedoms’Our encryption tools must be free software, not just open source
Freedom of the Press Foundation, a donation-based initiative
‘the easy road’Secret: Do we need another way to be selfish on the internet?
a new formPopup ads are back
...just because it works, doesn't mean you should do it.
“we have our doubts”Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental
“privacy is about trust”Privacy And Why It Really Matters
'more important than ever'Software Transparency
selling an ugly visionThe Internet Must Go
deceiving the userDark Patterns - User Interfaces Designed to Trick People
'users are humans'Human Interest
Common courtesy requires that we assume first that we are inconveniencing others unless we're told otherwise, showing respect for their time and attention.
questions and viewpointsSlant – "a collaboratively edited resource that helps you quickly make decisions"
on 'marketing spam'Alienate Potential Customers with the Power of Social Media!
one's thoughts on browsersWhy I'm Switching (Back) to Firefox
'killing innovation'Google, destroyer of ecosystems
'some jumbled thoughts'We are in the final years of our internet
'mostly faded away'The Web We Lost
a 'cooling-off period'Congressman Issa's “Internet Law Freeze”: Appealing but Impractical
'strange and creepy'On the Leakiness of Surveillance Culture, the Corporate Gaze, and What That Has To Do With the New Aesthetic [Eduardo Morais' stream]
'record is not inspiring'There’s a big hole in the ad-industry privacy initiative. It’s called Facebook.
from smoke signals to Twitter"Back when people used to know how to truly communicate"
'nearing an impasse'The Trouble with ID Cookies: Why Do Not Track Must Mean Do Not Collect
'a reason for concern'Gatekeeper and the rise of the Total Apple Consumer
'a techie sausage fest'Why I don't use Google+ (as a woman)
'shape of things to come'Too closed to comfort
I really never had a problem with non user-replaceable batteries, but here we also have a fixed amount of RAM and disk space that either you choose to upgrade via Built-To-Order customisation (paying a handsome price) or you'll have to live with it throughout the entire life-cycle of the machine. Which, by the way, is being artificially shortened year after year.
obsolete ≠ uselessRethinking Our Wasteful Habits: Is Anything Ever Really Obsolete?
need to rethink 'usability'Mobile Site vs. Full Site (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Nielsen is wrong on mobile | Opinion | .net magazine (heavy advertising)
'growing number of attacks'10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac
He's right!Privacy is not an Option
Software developers need to look at privacy the same way we've learned to look at security: it's not an add-on or a feature that customers have to turn on, it's something built-in that shouldn't be turned off.
'you become mere product'Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive
space efficiency ≠ readability*Dotsies
*in my opinion, anyway
'beautifully unified distraction'Why I stopped using Gmail
the missing option...A Modest Proposal: Google, Take My Money
I just wish you'd take alternative forms of payment besides my eyeballs and my personal information.
'open admission' of bribery?Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation.
'defending an open Internet'Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet | The White House
bad behaviorWomen as Entertainment in the SEO Industry
It's all about censorship... (2)Don't Break the Internet
It's all about censorship...An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
'weirdly unsocial' networksThe Social Graph is Neither
Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.
'a lack of engagement'Google's Management Doesn't Use Google+
Firefox 7 kills 'window.resizeTo()'
Among my most useful bookmarklets are those I use to resize my main browser window. With Firefox 7, they no longer work. Some config changes made them work again, but only temporarily. This does not necessarily benefit the user. In some cases, it interrupts one's workflow.
Others have noticed the problem as well:
I don't like it when a site attempts to resize my window and never revisit such sites. But as a user, I want the freedom to quickly resize my own window to various specific sizes as needed and this change in Firefox 7 stops me from doing so – not a good decision in my opinion.
Facebook privacy is a joke......and it's not funny anymore!
'too shady'OnStar Begins Spying On Customers' GPS Location For Profit
'power over vulnerable people'"Real Names" Policies Are an Abuse of Power
ch-ch-ch-ch-changesFirefox 6 already, mozilla please stop this game
Gimme a break!Android vs. iPhone: Battle of the Mobile Operating Systems
Yes. I'm skeptical as to the accuracy of some of the stereotypes presented. /jenett
'some other purpose'Why I'd never work for Google, Twitter, or Facebook
Google+ isn't about sharing cat pictures, it's about serving ads. Twitter's massive network of 140-character bits of information isn't about connecting people across the globe or to view current trends in worldwide thinking, it's about serving ads. Facebook isn't about entertaining yourself with games or sharing interesting links, it's about serving ads.
'making text readable'Contrast Rebellion - to hell with low-contrast fonts!
Down with the Contrast Rebellion
'pretense of empowerment'The "walled garden" becomes a prison for reality
'a living computer nightmare'FaceFacts
'all emotion, no intellect'How the 'Thumbs Up/Like' Button is Dumbing Users Down
'Free Wiki World Map'OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.
OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
List: We've got issues...
protect your sensitive data... (2)How Dropbox sacrifices user privacy for cost savings
protect your sensitive data...Dropbox authentication: insecure by design
'too many bad songs'An Open Letter to Jon Bon Jovi On What's Really "Killing The Music Business" (heavy ads)
killing innovation?Dear Twitter
'Is IE9 a modern browser?'IE9 vs. Firefox 4 (more info)
it's about humans, not brandsThe Twitter Revolution Must Die
a little thought provocationMinimalism is not a viable intellectual strategy
Something to think about - can minimalism be a good long-term strategy?
Minimalism cannot be a long-term strategy, but it makes an excellent short-term tactic.
'Why should I care?'The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality
Ageism by Google?Teach Parents Tech
Mom and Dad aren't necessarily as dumb as implied in this odd (and somewhat offensive) marketing approach by Google – in many cases, they're the more tech-savvy ones in the family – a little out of touch, in my humble opinion!
Every December, millions of tech-savvy young people descend on their homes only to arrive to a long list of tech support issues that their parents need help with. A few of us at Google thought there had to be a better way that would save us all a few hours each December...
'There is only passion.'There is no talent
It's so easy to give up; it might almost seem like the whole world is against you. Well, forget about the rest of the world. There is no such thing as talent, and in the end you will end up as skilled as your "talented" heros.
Simply by following your passion.
'decide not to participate'free of advertising
Every nook of our lives is filled with advertising these days. It's so pervasive that we have come to accept it as a fact of life, and it cannot help but have an effect on our minds...
Is privacy dead?The tech industry is a virus
'not lies... just marketing'The 4G forgery (ads)
on the 'personal brand' conceptThe Case Against Personal Blogging
This past decade, personal blogging became about building a personal brand. It meant putting yourself out there for future employers or clients.
unauthorized data sharingFacebook's Instant Personalization: An Analysis of Fundamental Privacy Flaws
comparing privacy policiesPrivacy is the new search quality
'working to transform society'Design Manifestos 2010 » 100+ Years of Design Manifestos
a more beautiful web?Beauty of the Web
As amazing as the web is, its potential is immeasurably greater. Internet Explorer 9 was designed to let that potential shine through. Click below to see how developers and designers are creating a more beautiful web using HTML5 and advancements in Internet Explorer 9.
They also state, "A focus on HTML5 and modern standards enables the same markup across browsers." A little late to the party and a seemingly Windows-centric vision of 'standards' (proprietary, as in the past), in my humble opinion. I should note that both Apple (Safari) and Google (Chrome) also seem to have self-centered visions of the web (and standards) lately, each as if HTML5 was their own baby.
Note: This is not an endorsement,
'Global Peace Index'Vision of Humanity
too many eggs in one basket?
marketing tactics vs. web standardsApple's HTML5 Showcase Isn't HTML5, Blocks Other Browsers
(see Apple - HTML5)
It seems like Apple is using the same sneaky marketing tactics as Microsoft does with its HTML5 demos page - which doesn't really use any HTML5 either. This similarity is hardly surprising considering both companies are pushing a non-Free patent-encumbered codec for HTML5 video.
misleading open letter?Jobs on Flash: Hypocrisy So Thick You Could Cut it with a Knife (in response to Apple's Thoughts on Flash)
WTF?Opinion Mart pop-ups are annoying many on the web and it appears that BBC's news site has just started to impose these pop-ups on its users (at least, here in the U.S.). Shame on you BBC!
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