Attending: IndieWebCamp Düsseldorf

Just a quick post to announce that I’ll (hopefully) be attending the IndieWebCamp Düsseldorf in May.

I’d be attending mainly as part of my role in a London/Dubai-based startup called, where I am designing the software and UX for legal information solutions. It’s May 13th and 14th, a two-day bar camp collaboration in Düsseldorf involving brainstorming, working, teaching, and more on the topic of understand what “owning your data” actually means.

However the sign up the process is slightly convoluted, requiring me to publish specific things on the company which would require approval from the founder, sending the request to the IT person, and overall just take too long… so I’m announcing it here on my personal blog instead.

Anyone interested in the event can sign up at this RSVP Page.


Week 5 Reading Report: Intellectual Property Ontologies

Week 5 Reading Report

Articles: 4. Pages fully read: 27 (approx. 6,750 words). Total pages: 52.

Many fancy sounding words in English come from two ancient sources: Latin or old Greek. Ontology is one such word, being old Greek for “being”. In a more modern context, it is an expression of knowledge, and in the lens of computer science, a tool to represent both abstract models and their existing exemplars. It represents a set of concepts as classes, their attributes, and the relationships between the classes.


Keeping track of intellectual property is perhaps one such set of concepts that could benefit from the idea of ontologies. This week I read a bit more about how this may (or may not) be.

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Week 5 Reading List – Intellectual Property Ontologies

Week 5 is zooming past faster than Speed Racer in a Hadron Collider, so here is my reading list before we reach to the next century and Morlocks start wandering around. This week, I have been and will be reading about a topic close to my heart – the difficulties in trying to make the intangible tangible.


And if you didn’t already guess, it’s far from easy.

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Week Four Reading Report – Facebook and Friendship

Reading Report: Week 4 – Facebook and Social Connections

Articles: 3. Pages fully read: 7 Total pages: 36

There is an ongoing debate, not just among academics but in popular culture, about whether social media can expand people’s social networks, and whether online friends can be “real” friends.

This is how my reading began this week; a thought-provoking line of questioning, for all the wonders of technology, do social network sites actually work?

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Week 4 Reading List: Communicating on the Internet

It’s time for Week 4, and this week’s theme is “Communicating on the Internet”. More specifically, last week I wondered whether the Internet – for all the communication tools it has opened the world to – really does result in us becoming closer with more people, or simply distant people who are more connected.

It was harder than expected to find what I wanted, but I managed to pull out a few interesting articles in the end. Many articles are focused on a corporate or academic perspective: how well do virtual team work? Is the Internet effective for academic discussions? Interesting, but I wanted a more “everyday” personal level.


In the end, I narrowed the objective down a bit, and now present several articles focusing on whether Facebook helps us build better relationships (or not).

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Reading Report Week 3: Lucky Dip Vol. 1

I didn’t announce a reading list for Week 3, because, well, I didn’t have one. Instead, I used it as an opportunity to sort through some of the various articles I already have had sitting on my computer for years, never getting around to reading.

I imagine it to look something like this. (Source:

Most of my documents are on work-related topics like international tax law or business procedures, but I’m not that cruel as to force other people (potentially) to read about them. Instead, I have a jumble of random articles of interest that I never got around to reading, on topics as diverse as philosophy and ethics to computer game design. This week, we take a look at the political situation in Turkey, an old speculation on how the Internet will change the way we communicate, and two old arch enemies: copyright and pirates.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Week Two Reading Report: Fake News

Another week has passed and the next is already rushing ahead at full speed. I finally got a chance to sit down write a summary of the last week’s reading, about a topic that has renewed global interest: “fake news”.


For this session, I mainly focused on introductory materials, and the core theme of the reading was that the internet and social media not only has a large impact on the consumption of news and information, it has lead to (or perhaps is a result of) decreased trust of traditional news institutious, and our increased trust of news shared through social media. This unfortunately is a factor that has allowed fake news and misinformation to spread throughout the internet.Read on for a summary of the articles, each, of course, with links to the full article.

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Week One Reading Report: Online Advertising, AdBlock and You

The first week is already over – both of 2017 and of my self-imposed challenge to read some high quality material every (working) day. The topic was “online advertising”: in particular, on the use of ad blockers. As I discovered, it’s a large enough topic that this was only “dipping my toe in the water”, but it was an interesting start.

As suspected, providing content for free and subsidising running costs (and making profit) through advertising revenue is the model most websites now adopt. So naturally, advertisers (and content providers) are concerned at the rapid growth of ad blockers, but what should they do about it? Websites are starting to fighting back with anti-adblockers, but, is forcing the advertising down our throats the best answer?

A summary of each article follows.

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Week One Reading List: Online Advertising and Ad Blockers

It’s the first week of the year and it’s time to make good with my promise to take up this challenge. I expect no one would be reading this – aside from a few friends – but right now that doesn’t matter. The true purpose of writing this is to give me a structure and form of commitment. And if nothing else, will serve as a way to keep a personal record of my efforts.

scourge or saviour?

Without further ado I introduce the first topic: “online advertising and ad blockers”.

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