Misleading Words, Misinformation, and Poor Design Drive Away Visitors and Money

Posted By on October 9, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper, addressing an issue that arose in the City of Medford, Wisconsin, over restrictions on sex offender residency. In response, a colleague contacted me to ask who would want to live in Medford anyway, given that the City’s website claims it is a progressive community. He was sincere. After visiting the City’s website, he came away with the impression that the City only welcomes those who self-identify as progressives—a common term meant to describe a person’s political viewpoint or affiliation. Is that what the Medford City Council intended when they authorized the language? Doubtful. (more…)

Using Internet Rumors for Crisis Control

Posted By on September 2, 2014

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The chances are pretty good that you either know a “birther” or have had the misfortune of crossing paths with one on social media. The Birther movement began during Barack Obama’s first campaign for President, and although the noise has died down in the past few months, the movement’s adherents remained steadfast that the first Black President was born in Kenya. Of course, they offer nothing in the way of solid proof, and what they do offer points to an altogether different, and far more logical conclusion: Before he was President, Barack Obama learned how to use Academia’s racial and national prejudices, along with its innate bias to add a little cash to his pocket. (more…)

Three Paths To Hyperlink Hell

Posted By on August 14, 2014

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You wouldn’t think hyperlinking would be all that controversial or a material risk consideration when building and maintaining a website. But the threat of damage to your reputation, brand, and financial security are very real, and even though your web developer may be able to upload code to a site, unless they are also aware of the need for active site management and auditing, you could find yourself on a path to hyperlink Hell.
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California Rules The Internet

Posted By on August 11, 2014

How would you like to take a trip to the parched ends of the Earth, or as the locals call it—California, to defend an action brought in a Superior Court because of something you said, did, or sold on your website? If this isn’t your idea of a good time, keep reading. California’s internet privacy laws have changed the way the internet works. Coupled with a long-arm statute that gives California courts the most liberal and extensive reach in the country, California’s online privacy laws make anyone who operates a business or personal website highly susceptible to being summoned into court in there.

California’s Absolute Right

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California took the lead in attempting to protect individual privacy on the internet with the enactment of The California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”).[1] The law, which became effective in July of 2004, subjects website owners to legal actions by California residents claiming their privacy rights have been violated. Residents of California have an absolute right to know how their information is being collected and used in cyber space. If you operate a website and receive a request from a California user asking you to tell them what information you are collecting and how you are using it, you have 30 days to post that information or face a lawsuit for non-compliance. (more…)