internet rules and a bit of gdpr

People who are familiar with this blog will know that I occasionally veer off into thoughts and links to do with privacy and security. The other day I was listening to an episode of a podcast called Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons. The episode was about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. The host, Carey Parker, was interviewing an American lawyer Ruth Carter, who has been spending a lot of time looking into GDPR, and its ramifications for people and businesses in the US.

The episode is fascinating, and it’s clear that I need to do some cleaning up of various online materials as a consequence of GDPR. You can listen to it here if you are interested in GDPR:

At the end Carter gives a little bit of advice about putting anything online. Her rules are:

  • imagine that it is appearing on the front page of a newspaper
  • imagine that it will be read by your best friend, your worst friend, your mother, and your boss.

I have no idea why people’s mothers – rather than our fathers – should be some kind of limtus test of whether to post something online or not. I imagine it has something to do with mothers being more sensitive than fathers, or some other lame-arse gender thing. Nevertheless, I like the principles of her thinking; a means to ground and help us (and particularly younger people) think through participation online.



Back in 2006, David Corbet and I were working closely on a bunch of different projects. Often this including working with video in various ways. We got interested in pruning moving images down to the cellular (frame) level; that is, editing frames of movement to attempt to generate flickers of screendance. micro50s were born – the 50 referring to how many frames in 2 seconds of PAL video – and we called the project microflicks.

I finally got round to putting an archive of the micro50s up at The cover page (with details about the project) is at, and the micro50s themselves are at