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Dilbert captures it all

A recent Dilbert captures my thoughts on the hype around "web 2.0" quite nicely:
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Onerous bill attempts to control speech on the internet

ITWeb ran an article titled " Thought police target ‘new' media" about changes to the film and publications act that attempt to place censorship processess on blogs/websites. The crux of the matter is the demand that "any blog or other Internet or mobile content that contains visual presentations, descriptions or representations of sexual conduct, advocacy of hatred, incitement to violence or propaganda promoting war must be submitted for classification before publication".

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Wordpress vs. Drupal

I have quite a bit of experience using web-based Content Management Systems. I have used and developed extensively for Mambo, Drupal, and most recently Wordpress. I have tried out a handful of others, but I cannot say I have an in-depth view of them. As far as popularity goes Mambo/Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress probably account for a significant number of CMS/blogging platforms on the net (at present). So, take this from my user-developer experience, and usually from the perspective of something I call developer-usability. Developer usability is an important factor in choosing a tool to manage your content online, and hopefully developer usability and user usability are high goals on the platform's agenda, In fact, usability is a not-for-negotiation goal/feature.

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Maintaining Your Human Identity in a Cyber Career

There is a really cool article on FreelanceSwitch discussing how to maintain your human-ness while living in the digital world. It is a good read with some good suggestions for how to put your human identity into your text. It is really relevant because it seems like people forget that A) they are emailing another person, and B) they are a human themselves when they email. Maybe it is a distinction between digital natives, and digital immigrants?

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MXit calls for the government to regulate Patty

I blogged yesterday about how Patty Da Lilly is calling for Internet regulation (read censorship) for Blog and tools like MXit. MXit has responded to her calls by calling for the government "to regulate Patrica de Lille". Awesome.

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