Tech for Good Brighton Launch Today

Just a quick post to men­tion that the Brighton Tech for Good Launch is today (Wednes­day 10th Octo­ber). From the event descrip­tion: WHY TECH FOR GOOD BRIGHTON? Brighton has a dynam­ic dig­i­tal scene. It also has an active charity/voluntary/social sec­tor. And a bur­geon­ing social enter­prise scene. Brighton also has loads of social chal­lenges. Dig­i­tal can …

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Brighton Digital Festival 2018

One of the high­lights of liv­ing in Brighton is the amount of cre­ative out­put in the city, along­side the huge amount of tech that goes on here. Com­bin­ing both of these is the Brighton Dig­i­tal Fes­ti­val. This year between 13th Sep­tem­ber and 13th Octo­ber 2018. I went along to the open­ing on Thurs­day 13th at Phoenix. …

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On that whole Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Thing

In the big sto­ry that explod­ed last week, and has been doing the rounds for a while. A data ana­lyt­ics / per­son­al pro­fil­ing / elec­tion cam­paign assis­tance com­pa­ny used per­son­al and pri­vate data they scrapped from Face­book via a researchers quiz app. They then used this in to help influ­ence the US elec­tion, and pos­si­bly …

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The History of the Browser User Agent

I came across this very old arti­cle on the his­to­ry of the web brows­er user agent string via OS News. And behold, then came a new web brows­er known as “Mozil­la”, being short for “Mosa­ic Killer,” but Mosa­ic was not amused, so the pub­lic name was changed to Netscape, and Netscape called itself Mozilla/1.0 (Win3.1), …

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Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Fol­low­ing the announce­ment of the death of John Per­ry Bar­low, I’ve been re-read­­ing some of his writ­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly the Dec­la­ra­tion of the inde­pen­dence of cyber­space, A doc­u­ment that could be said to be the found­ing of inter­net cul­ture, even if a bit naive in how the tech­nol­o­gy would be used. You claim there are prob­lems …

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Time to make sure your website works under a secure connection

The push to secure peo­ples web­site con­nec­tions is going a lot fur­ther. At first it was login forms that where get­ting labeled as inse­cure (most promi­nent­ly in Fire­fox). Now Google, with Chrome is going a step fur­ther, from July this year all sites which are not using encrypt­ed con­nec­tions (old http) will be marked as …

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Algorithm changes on Instagram hiding posts

Insta­gram has changed their algo­rithm again. Now they are said to be hid­ing some posts, so they don’t appear in feeds. I’ve noticed that I don’t see as many pho­tos in my feed any­more (at least from peo­ple I fol­low direct­ly, I have noticed an increase in brand­ed con­tent, and pho­tos I may like). Also …

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Mastodon London meet up on Thursday

For those who are using, or inter­est­ed in the decen­tralised social net­work Mastodon, the first Lon­don meet is com­ing up. Host­ed at Lon­don Hack­space, from 7pm. Should be an inter­est­ing crowd, and there will be pre­sen­ta­tions from a cou­ple of instances (UK host­ed I assume). I’m hop­ing to make it along, though I’ve been flu …

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