Essence of a web week: Week 3

SOPA / PIPA have surely dominated the news channels that we follow this week. For that reason we picked two items, which illustrate the issue, and the reactions caused by Wednesday's partial black out.

Besides that, there were some other stories that caught our attention:

SOPA / PIPA

TED:Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)


Probably the best summary on what PIPA and SOPA are, and what they mean for the web in the short- and long term, are provided in this TED talk by Clay Shirky.

BBC: Support wanes in US Congress for anti-piracy bill
As Wired.co.uk remains cautious, this news item of the BBC points out that the black out made an impression on key players in DC.

Drupal

Friendly Machine: Drupal Themes Get Responsive
Responsive Design is one of the trends that will establish itself more and more this year. Here is a neat blog post, which gives an overview of the currently available responsive solutions for Drupal.

Opinion

Feinheit: Wieso die Schweiz nie ein Silicon Valley kriegen wird oder the Story of Emre Sarigol
Like many other Cities, Zurich talks a lot about being the next Silicon Valley. Fellow Zurich based web agency Feinheit is of the opinion, based on their experience, that with the current work permit situation in Switzerland that isn't possible. Unfortunately their blog post is only available in German.

Technology

Guardian: The Economist explains its Electionism HTML5 app for iPad and Android
The Economist, besides running their site on Drupal, has decided to create a HTML5 web app for the 2012 US Presidential election. They regard it as an experiment for the current boundaries of HTML5 publishing. Making the tablet user the winner and not a specific gadget.

 

Januar 20, 2012
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