Send Your Best Assets

The 2019 Internet Advertising Competition Awards starts now.

 The Web Marketing Association announces the Call for Entries for the 17th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards.

The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. This international award program will evaluate all forms of online advertising, including email, page-based ads, online newsletters, mobile apps, Websites, video and social media in 96 industry categories.

The Competition Web site is located at and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2019.

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2019, and winners will be notified by e-mail in March, 2019. Judges, like ths yer truly, will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web advertising.

Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Arc Worldwide, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

Or this yours truly.  Send your best assets. See you there.


Open collaborative efforts may be out-of-fashion, in these our darkest days we have to live.

(..) But there is another side to this question that needs to be realized. We are embarking on changes in our society that are as dramatic and even as traumatic as the industrial revolution. Such revolutions leave a path of social dislocation and uncertainty in their wake, and this information revolution is no exception.(...)
Not certainly an essay, neither an opinion on the steam design and comparisons between changes and past rev-olutions, but a must read by Geoff Houston, if you dare on Governance and the Internet, besides you are a member, as this yours truly, or you are not. Think global, speak local.

More on the diseases of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) , can be found here.


Let's Get Lost

May you be floating around South Europe, and will you wish to delight your senses. If so is true, this as follows goes for you.

One of my ever favourite artists had an exhibition, [ Yes!] made of some oils featured on canvases.

May one for sure be a gift you want to have for yourself for, say, to decorate that empty wall in your room.

Magdalena Esteve - Coreomanía
Coreomanía, by Magdalena Esteve

 Remember dearest reader: There is Philosophy even in Art.

"Life in especial is more than one half disenchanted beneath its tender eye"

If you are in the South of Europe, by the Mediterranean in these days, I beg you missed Coreomanía. One of the exhibitions of the year 2018 exposed wordlwide and introducing a year in work. Digital art production takes less than one year to be produced , as far as I know.

Canvases and drawings , art in itself, from the mind of one of my, and sure yours, ever favourite artist:  Mrs. Magdalena Esteve Ramírez

The Age of Oblivion

"The difference between conventional film-making and open web collaboration lies in the building of a dynamic, real-time community. As digital tools empower everyone to create and share, the audience is no longer locked into the passive role of the recipient or consumer.

Filmmaker Tan Siok Siok discusses her documentary on the Forum:Blog.

Circa 2013, and external links may not work properly.

We are living the age of oblivion. Definition which is not a fake.

We Must Not Let It Be Undermined

By working together, we can ensure that the Internet keeps fulfilling its promise to enrich people’s lives. We have a big job ahead of us but we are a formidable force when we face the challenges together. Like the Internet, we are effective at working in a distributed way toward a common value for people. Let's continue to build on our positive momentum and make an even greater effect on the Internet in the years ahead.
A brave letter in the e.mail of this yours truly,  delivered by acolleague, the smart Mr. Andrew Sullivan, who as yo may already know, started 1 September to work as CEO of the Internet Society

My advice: Kill your curiosity, dearest reader of this blog. Read the rest of his welcoming letter, even if you are not a proud member of the ISOC, here

Because of, amongst other several reasons, We Must Not Let It Be Undermined.


In 2001, 17 leaders of what became the Agile movement met in Utah and produced what is now known as the Agile Manifesto

The Manifesto boiled down the essence of good software development practice. What we see is a strong influence of good design practice here, too. Everything in the Agile Manifesto applies to smartdesign.

Via Jared Spool.

Copied, right

Unilateral license changes in new versions of software are possible because of international copyright law. Under current law, when a single organization (such as a company) or a small number of people hold the copyright, OR when a permissive license is used (such as the MIT, BSD, or Apache license), it's possible to easily release a later version of the software that provides fewer rights to its users.
Hacker Kurt Seifried about binding arbitrary licenses and the risks for common wreak.

Printed with permission of the  CWE Research Discussion 


This logic leads to serious questions of limitations of speech applied without any guidance - arbitrary.
Vint Cerf, commenting the following aspect "Social media cannot exist without the legal protections of Section 230", an excerpt from an article entitled "The consequences of indecency", ensuring that  the internet CEOs have not been asleep at the wheel.


Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a hearing The Internet and Digital Communications: Examining the Impact of Global Internet Governance.

Witnesses:Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security;James Bladel, VP Policy, GoDaddy; Dr. Roslyn Layton, American Enterprise Institute;Christopher Painter, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; Denise Zheng, VP Policy, The Business Roundtable.

Here, via Joly McFlie, at  the Internet Society

Less Than Super

Yesterday’s Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland elicited varieties of shock and awe in the US and across European nations, where the consensus for President Trump’s performance was less than super. 
It could be that he is still learning on the job and simply rewriting the book on US-Russia detente in a style of his own. But many political watchers take a more critical view of the proceedings, arguing that Trump’s stance on Russia – expressed both at the NATO meetings and the press conference with Putin – is at odds with the geopolitical and economic interests of America and its allies in the European Union and elsewhere. 
While the Trump administration’s socially conservative and pro-business strategies remain popular with his home base, foreign relations are a different story. Poor relations with long-time allies, tariffs and trade wars have a price.

Via Josh Levine.

Non Truth Decay. Agreed. Still enjoying that misspelled speech moment about "the server" thing. No kidding. That was about something serious.

This your truly decayed, from Helsinki, in the long hot summer of the year 2018. 

Internet Of Thanks

ISACA’s white paper, Assessing IoT, examines the professional ethics involved in balancing these IoT considerations. When you consider the upsides and downsides of IoT, an entirely new governance dimension begins to compel your attention.
Most of you, right now, by now may be familiar with the concept of the “Internet of Things” (IoT)".

Mind and Design

A list of links about trends, design,  web, computing all of that you may find of use. Have a nice week.

Design plagiarism
That’s why I like the phrase “design plagiarism”. Maybe you think Amadeo’s examples do constitute “copying”. But they’re not plagiarism. If you write an article, and then I write my own article about the same topic, that just means you were first. But if I copy your article and just change a few words, that’s plagiarism. There’s a big difference.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Imagine a Twitter where the limit wasn't expressed in the number of characters, but in the number of vertical pixels.

How To Be a Systems Thinker
We all think with metaphors of various sorts, and we use metaphors to deal with complexity, but the way human beings use computers and AI depends on their basic epistemologies—whether they’re accustomed to thinking in systemic terms, whether they’re mainly interested in quantitative issues, whether they’re used to using games of various sorts. .

DARPA Funding in AI-Assisted Cybersecurity
The new DARPA program is called CHESS (Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security),

Innovation Renaissance or Digital Dystopia?
Which brings me to an AI-embracing France. When I first heard about this, I must admit, I was impressed. After all, AI is the future. It will change business, society and life as we know it. Nothing will ever be the same. But, therein lies the issue. Does everything have to change? Does everything have to be digitally transformed?


The Web Marketing Association's 2018 WebAward Competition for Website Development is now accepting entries.  The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. It recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites. The Competition Web site is located at and the deadline for entry is May 31, 2018.

web awards 2018

Hurry up, honey, and bring excellence to the poll

Online Domains

Influencers. you talk about influencers.

Classic times were never up-righted by influencers but by leaders. Except in general or in local elections times, when every vote counts to ensure a position, there is no such positive things a influencers in real life.

People who lead a consultancy team or people with the strange ability of a Ka to build trust on her, being solely few. To influence from one to another, a highly organized and sophisticated activity in our society, in classic times, a person should be an example. An example to follow up.

Most websites, online domains, user-friendly software and digital places of my youth have influenced myself and some billions of people.too. Blogger may be a clear example. Built upon its own mission, vision and values. Distinct from the others, but integrated. With some adverts, too. To advert there is the need of design, aural or visual design.

But influencers, people or places  may lead or covert highly organized and sophisticated criminal activities

To buy, for no reason., "advertising space or promoted news stories—fake and otherwise—on their platforms, covert influence has become the new money laundering".

Via Cortney Weinbaum


If you're going to commit an illegal act, it's best not to discuss it in e-mail. It's also best to Google tech instructions rather than asking someone else to do it
via Bruce's Blog


Take the failure post-mortems. 

Sure, some of them are "brave." 
  • The ones that candidly: talk about where the company vision was wrong detail
  •  how the product got beat by a competitor convey 
  • where the founders made bad decisions  

The ones that do the above do require some amount of self-reflection. 

 But those are the exceptions.

via Research brief

Accelerated Mobile Pages

Why a subset of HTML you ask? Well, mostly because web developers suck at their jobs and have loaded the web with a ton of JavaScript no one wants. Can't fault Google for wanting to change that. That part I can support. The less JavaScript the better.
One of the principles of the web, neutral or not neutral is the following one: The less JavaScript, libraries included, except for multimedia purposes, the better.

If is not met this requirement, there is the need of a subset. We know that from the ancient DHTML days, remember? Try to understand the Document Object Model, first.

Folks at Google work on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) , a subtle recover of that old AS1 magic we knew in the past when there was the need to have a choice in between WAP and Flash Lite technologies.

Google works on AMP  understanding the media, that is, mobile. The common user of th web, does not care about tech. And developers work on behalf the ordinary and common people, like you and this yours truly.  That was why web standards were made. It's the audience, stupid.

More on the matter, flavoured with pros and cons : The two faces of AMP, JS on AMP Google AMP is Not a Good Thing, et cetera

Today’s average web developer doesn’t have the faintest clue what he’s doing and can’t do it anyway without sixteen libraries and frameworks. Solve that problem and AMP goes away.

via Quirks


To survive as an independent consultant at any age, and to remain meaningfully employable in digital design, you must bring something different to the table. You must bring value.

Truth is Hard. via Zeldman 

She had a Mind

Over the weekend I saw the documentary about the life of Hedy Lamarr.

A few observations. First, as advertised, she was perfectly beautiful. The kind of beauty that makes you think, viscerally, here is the most beautiful person. And daring, outspoken, brash, brilliant, creative, loved herself, and moved in the world with confidence. She had a mind. And the world doesn't accept that a person can have two gifts. You can't be a mind and a beauty.

Watching this movie and the heroic and tragic life she led, made me look at parallels in my own life. It's why her story has so much to offer practically everyone, because people are much more complex than the stories the world tells about us.

Also, I finally understand her invention. You can encrypt communication by changing frequency at seemingly random times. Both the sender and the receiver know which frequency to tune to at any time, but the enemy doesn't. She thought of using something like a player piano roll to coordinate the two. This method, which she got a patent for, is the basis for wifi, cell phones and Bluetooth.;

via Dave Winner, remarks in bold by this your truñy.

Aspects of Digital Preservation

On Friday January 12 2018 at Noon EST the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY), in partnership with the Greater Washington DC Internet Society Chapter (ISOC-DC) presents Digital Preservation: Policy Challenges at Google’s offices in Washington DC.

This event, the first of a series, focuses on the policy aspects of digital preservation: Is there a role for regulators? 

Speakers will be Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google. Respondents: Michelle Wu, Director of the Law Library, Georgetown Law; and Kate Zwaard, Chief of. National Digital Initiatives, Library of Congress.

Not in New York? This your neither, Comment, while you can.

The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel with open captioning.
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