June 21, 2017 — WordPress powers 27% of the web. We at WordCamp Europe are the 1% of the 27%. Those of us together in Paris, whether we realise it or not, have an enormous position of influence over the web – a position of influence that we choose not to exercise. At a time of sudden and shifting political currents, many of which threaten the stability of our industry, the WordPress community takes no part in the processes that shape our craft. That lack of involvement will not protect us.
It is not our place to claim to speak for “what WordPress wants”, nor is it our place to say that WordPress should determine how the web works per se. It is our place, however, to say that the most talented, experienced, and committed members of our community can and should take a more active role in the bodies and policies that govern the web.
So how can the WordPress community put their experience to work to help develop the standards and regulations which shape our craft?
In my talk, I will provide a positive and inspirational introduction to how the WordPress community can be a force for good in the governance of the web. I will explain why attendees should get involved, what they can expect, and what, in turn, will be expected of them.
Internet governance is ready and waiting for those of us at WordCamp Europe to contribute our voices. First, though, the community needs a toolkit. This talk will provide it.
June 2, 2017 — Heather Burns is a digital law specialist. she research, write, publish, consult, and speak extensively on internet laws and policies, most specifically those that affect the crafts of web design and development. She is working with WordPress since 2008 and designing websites since 1997.
Her talk was on ‘Protecting the Web from Political Uncertainty’. She said in the UK, as a result of the Brexit referendum, designers and developers face losing the legal basis for the freedom of personal movement as well as the freedom of the movement of data which has facilitated the very creation of the digital industry. In the US, the incoming (as of this writing) Trump administration threatens instability on a scale which has spurred many developers, including Matt Mullenweg and many Automatticians, to publicly pledge not to participate in the creation of databases of individuals which could be used to target them for unthinkable actions.
March 15, 2017 — Four months after the UK voted to leave the EU, where are we in terms of its impact on the web profession? How is our work going to change? What new rules might we have to follow? In fact, whose rules might we have to follow? Learn what’s ahead for the next few years, Brexit or not.
November 1, 2016 — In 2018, Europe upgrades to a new data protection regime. It’s the biggest overhaul of the way we access, use, and store data since 1995.
The new rules will impact everyone who uses or accesses data within the EU as well as businesses serving EU customers – Brexit or not.
We’ll cover what you need to know about how it will affect your work on the web and in your business.
July 3, 2016 — Hours after the result of the UK’s referendum on EU membership was announced, we tried to make sense of what could be ahead and what may happen with your work.
December 17, 2015 — Business relationships are like lifts. You don’t notice them when they’re working, but when they break down, your life becomes very difficult very fast. You need a contract to protect you when it happens.
In this talk we’ll walk through the basic elements of a good project contract. Using wisdom gleaned from eight years of full time professional work – as well as a few lessons learned the hard way from difficult clients – you’ll learn how to build your client relationships on a solid and safe footing. We’ll also cover pain points such as IR35, copyright, and abandonment of project.
July 11, 2015 — The past three years have seen a huge increase in the number of EU laws affecting the work of web designers, developers, bloggers, and business owners. Some of them make the web a better place to be, others make our work unnecessarily difficult, and some raise questions we all need to ask about the future of our industry. Heather will give you a plain English overview of what you need to know about the ways these laws affect you. We will run through issues including VAT, copyright, liability, privacy, data protection, and e-commerce.
May 31, 2015 — Whether you are a designer, a developer, a blogger, or a business owner, Heather will give you a plain English overview of this year’s legal developments which can affect your work. We run through UK, EU, and global legal issues including VAT, copyright, online privacy, e-commerce, and data protection. We also look at the widening divide between lawmakers and the creators of the digital economy and discuss what we need to do as a community to solve it.
October 10, 2014 — Regardless of CMS or platform, web designers and developers have to comply with national and EU laws affecting our work. Most of the resources about these laws are written for lawyers, by lawyers, and these resources offer little insight for those of us who are obliged to implement the laws on client sites. So once again Heather has taken it on herself to translate the legal gobbledygook into practical insights that the web community can implement. A new EU law, The Consumer Rights Directive, takes effect on 13 June 2014, replacing the 1990s trading law that currently governs e-commerce transactions in the UK. All web sites offering goods or services online must comply, and failure to do so cancels the e-commerce transaction or contract. Heather’s talk delivers a plain English explanation of what web site owners need to do to bring their WordPress e-commerce operations into line with the regulations. Heather also gives an update on recent legal developments including domains, cookies, and databases which directly affect our work as web professionals.