Sunday, March 22, 2020


Not everything is anti-social.

Kudos, for instance, to Publishers Weekly (PW) for making their digital publication available.

Many authors are turning increasingly to social media, and to platforms such as Zoom, since live book launch events, book signings, readings, conferences and so forth are being cancelled.

The Authors Guild shared a guide for writers and authors on You Tube on how to use Zoom.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has shared some useful information about Zoom (and the information they retain about their users).

Like "the parson's nose" (more widely known in America as "the curate's egg"), offerings from The EFF tend to be good in parts.

And then, there is the Bah, Humbug! stuff.

For instance, allegedly, there are many online sites that appear to offer visitors choices about how much they agree to be tracked, and targeting with advertising, but according to sources, the clickable link is the internet equivalent of a placebo. It does nothing.

David Zetoony,  writing for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP explains.


Lexology Link.

Then, there is the bad review, and what can you do  (as pertains to hotels on the receiving end).

Blogging globally for the Australia- based law firm Baker McKenzie, lawyers Graeme Dickson,  Andrew Stewart, Kerrie Duong, and Nicholas Kraegen discuss entertaining and scurrilous examples of probably false and defamatory observations made on social media by anonymous "reviewers".


Lexology Link.

Presumably, if the reviewer actually captures a bed bug or two, and keeps them for proof, and also takes date stamped photographs of the damage inflicted to the body by the alleged bed bugs, there's not a lot the hotel can do.

Authors may extrapolate.

Some authors in a discussion forum have recently noticed the appearance of probably malicious sites with names that differ from that of the widely-trusted Facebook by a mere character or two. Beware "facedbook" links, for example.

Legal blogger Sandy Zhang, writing for Eaglegate discusses "the lawsuit that is shaking up the tech world" in which Facebook sues a cheap domain name seller, instead of going after small time name-squatters and phishers.


Lexology Link.

EFF, also has something interesting to say about phishing and scams when people are feeling vulnerable and online more than ever before.

It's a very good guide!

All the best,

Rowena Cherry 

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