Archive for the ‘Standards’ Category

More Pointless Twitteries Plus A Coffin Nail

Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

Just a few shorts here, none of which are really worthy of a blog post in their own right, but I thought that if I stuck three of them together it might just about pass muster. So here goes.
Pointless Twittery Thing #1: Cursebird
Yes, thanks to Cursebird you can now see exactly how much you swear [...]

This was posted under category: Standards, Web, twitter

#PSFBuzz: Losing Control

Thursday, July 16, 2009 7:20 6 Comments

This one, more fully titled “Losing Control: why people will say what they want about you anyway” was presented by Al Smith (@alncl) of Newcastle City Council.
At this point I must also remember to thank Goss Interactive, who have a very useful habit of providing pens and notepads at these events. Anyway, after that [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Social Media, Standards, Web, twitter

#PSFBuzz Unlocking Access and Developing A Web 2.0 Usage Policy

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:20 No Comments

Carl Haggerty (@carlhaggerty) was on immediately following the Browsealoud chap to talk to us about how to go about unblocking access to web 2.0 sites and developing appropriate policies around them.
Some of this information can also be found in Carl’s blog post 1 rule and 6 steps to embracing social media in local government, [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Social Media, Standards, Web

#PSFBuzz: Accessibility vs Social Media

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 8:30 10 Comments

I wasn’t first up at the PSFBuzz event, but since there were some ahem minor technical hitches with my presentation (somewhat owing to the fact that the internet connection didn’t actually connect to the internet, which is a bit of a drawback as far as internet connections go), I wanted to get a blog version [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Social Media, Standards, Web, twitter

Citizenship Test #FAIL

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 7:20 1 Comment

The Powers That Be™ have produced an official UK Citizenship Practice Test to see if you’re knowledgeable enough about the UK to be able to become a UK citizen. Unfortunately, there are one or two problems with it: someone a little more unkind than me (oh, okay, me) might wish to dub it the ‘Citizenshit [...]

This was posted under category: Politics, Public Sector, Standards, Web

The Curse Of The Masked Password

Saturday, July 4, 2009 7:20 7 Comments

Password masking. You all know what it is, right?
It’s when you type in your password, and instead of “shearer9″ or, if you’re feeling particularly security conscious “[email protected]”, but all you see is either •••••••• or ******** depending on what you’re using.
This of course prevents The Hooded Claw from being able to read your password over [...]

This was posted under category: Standards, Web

#LocalGovCamp (Session 3 – Councillors and Social Media)

Saturday, June 27, 2009 7:20 1 Comment

For my second social media session in a row (there were generally four or five sessions going on at any one time so you had to pick the ones that were either most interesting or most relevant to yourself), Ingrid Koehler (@IngridK) led us through how, and what, Councillors should be doing with social media, [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Standards, Web, twitter

Phorm: Privacy Pirate and Proud

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:36 3 Comments

If wanting to encourage people and websites to opt out of Phorm, if wanting to stop any and every incidence of business intercepting my traffic across the internet in order to make money means that I am a ‘privacy pirate’ (see previous post), then it’s a label I am delighted to wear.

Conditions for re-use:

If you [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Media, Public Sector, Standards, Web

Phorm: smears and evasion

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 17:40 1 Comment

Phorm have set up a website to battle those people who it perceives as people who are against it, which it has begun by smearing these people as ‘privacy pirates’.
Over the last year Phorm has been the subject of a smear campaign orchestrated by a small but dedicated band of online “privacy pirates” who [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Media, Standards, Web

Browser-sniffing, Stupidity, and Context menus

Friday, April 24, 2009 7:20 11 Comments

My attention was drawn to a site called Stockholm Gamla Stan (Stockholm Old Town). The site is available in both English and Swedish, and has the ambition:
…to give you as a guest and visitor all the necessary information about the Old Town in StockholmStockholmgamlastan: Welcome to StockholmOldTown
All very laudable. But unfortunately if you try to [...]

This was posted under category: Standards, Web