Social networks come and go, and I really like posting social media. In this section (currently called ‘Social’), I’m trying to mirror the stuff I post to social networks. There’s also just a photos page or just a notes page. You can follow what I post here using my whole site RSS feed.
19 December 2019 15:17 UTC
The combination of named lines and areas for CSS grid columns is changing my (CSS-writing) life, and Rachel Andrew explains it all so well. Can’t wait to go all-in on subgrid, my stylesheets are going to be so clean ✨
19 December 2019 13:33 UTC
“If I can get my mum to understand this, then I can explain it to anyone…”
turns off podcast. unsubscribes. chucks phone into the sea.
19 December 2019 12:44 UTC
18 December 2019 11:23 UTC
Was asked if I’d written up my criticisms of a particular movement. And it made me think about why I hadn’t. Sometimes I just have to give myself a break and pick the battles I have the energy to fight back.
13 December 2019 07:30 UTC
Got to keep going and keep fighting. I see all you progressive campaigners and your hard work. I’m really grateful.
11 December 2019 10:28 UTC
Was recommended that I do some “mindfulness/meditation” so I started to look into some of the apps. The privacy policies are, quite frankly, terrifying (and not exactly helping me right now).
I looked at 7 of the most recommended “mindfulness” apps on iOS…
- Some of them collect deeply personal information, though of course they claim it’s not personal/or is de-identified. Including: “how you interact with the app” (these apps are aimed at stressed/anxious people), “your heart rates”, your “mental, physical and emotional status’…
- Others share your activity on the app with Facebook and Google. Some when you log in with those providers, others just do it by default.
I really feel for those who rely on these apps, because I get it when you’re having to balance your health/affordable forms of care with long-term privacy risks. And their privacy information is hidden away in a policy that no-one else is boring enough to read. It’s not fair.
Most of these apps are paid apps, they have a means to sustain their business. The kind of functionality offered does not require people’s incredibly personal information to be shared anywhere outside of their own devices. There is no excuse.
Please, if anyone knows of a privacy-respecting mindfulness app, let me know! (I’ve no idea what I’m doing with the mindfulness stuff, but will endeavour to keep an open mind.)
06 December 2019 17:49 UTC
Yes Facebook, I’d love to celebrate my friendship with my dead relative!!! Thanks for reminding me!!!
Fuck this hollow engagement-hungry surveillance capitalism.
I’ve covered this in many of my talks. I don’t interact on Facebook, I barely login, but I’m privileged that I don’t require it for community/work/family/my kids’ school.
Nowadays you don’t need to login, many sites/apps/shops send your info back to Facebook anyway. You needn’t join because Facebook has shadow profiles provided by your contacts.
We shouldn’t waste time, or distract from the cause of the problem, trying to shame or police people who are on Facebook. That ire should be directed at Facebook.
It should be aimed at regulating and limiting the harms of Facebook. And creating sustainable rights-respecting alternatives to the functions Facebook provides.
06 December 2019 17:21 UTC
Another video of me speaking has gone up today! 8 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About Tracking at ffconf. I felt really lucky to be invited to such a (deservedly) legendary event so tried to cover all the things I always want to say to other devs:
06 December 2019 12:13 UTC
I’m really grateful for the work the Accessibility Scotland team put into their event and again in making the talks accessible online. I wrote this talk especially for the event, because these are the things that keep me awake at night.
06 December 2019 10:25 UTC