Reader's Corner No.38: Federal Court Rulings on Social Media Blocking, the World 10 Years Ago, the Future of Photography, and Part 4 of 5 on Managing Multiple Projects

August 7, 2017

This week we are sharing about unprecedented Supreme Court rulings regarding social media, the world 10 years ago, the future of photography and distribution for artists, and continuing with part 4 of 5 on managing multiple projects.

Federal Court: Public Officials Cannot Block Social Media Users Because of Their Criticism

David Minton

Source: Future Tense: the citizen’s guide to the future.

Takeaway: Some interesting court rulings from the last month in light of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University’s suit against President Trump for his possible first amendment violations in blocking users from social media channels. Future Tense reviews Davison v. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, a case in which a government body was successfully sued for similar behavior; blocking users from interacting with public officials on social media.

The article also covered the recent 8-0 Supreme Court decision of Packingham v. North Carolina, in which the high court stated in the majority opinion “today, one of the most important places to exchange views is cyberspace, particularly social media…,” in reversing the North Carolina Supreme Court’s ruling upholding a state law prohibiting registered sex offenders “to access a commercial social networking Web site where the sex offender knows that the site permits minor children to become members or to create or maintain personal Web pages.”

If recent precedent is followed, President Trump will likely lose, further connecting the First Amendment’s freedom of speech protections to the latest forms of communication, including Facebook and Twitter.

Tags: #InternetLaw, #SocialMedia

Ten Years Ago

David Gouch

Source: Ten Years Ago

Takeaway: There’s no forward facing time machine yet. But we can go backwards. Ten Years Ago shows the front page for a handful of popular sites — from ten years ago. So you can check out the new bestseller, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, read analysis on Senator Obama’s chances at the presidency, and learn about some new gadget called the iPhone.

Tags: #TimeTravel

The future of photography and Unsplash

Jeanette Larsen


Takeaway: "Today, a photo featured on Unsplash is seen more than a photo on any other platform. More than Instagram. More than the front page of the New York Times."

Unsplash is a free community of high-resolution photos, that have all been contributed by users. This article addresses the shift in the photography industry due to influx of high quality camera, a rise in demand, and a drastic decrease in the stock photography market.

While this may sound negative to professional photographers, the author supports the idea that sharing and being a part of this massive audience creates meaningful relationships and has huge potential to increase visibilty. "Online platforms have opened up an opportunity for so many people to share their craft with huge audiences instantly. New platforms create a distribution channel and community we otherwise wouldn’t have. In this sense, there’s never been a better time to be a creator."

Tags: #Photography, #Distribution

5 Most Common Mistakes in Managing Multiple Projects: Software & Technology (Part 4 of 5)

Michael Nicholson

Source: Wrike Blog

Takeaway: The fourth major mistake identified in the series is the tendency of Project Management to become too much about moving data around and updating documents; essentially, becoming a secretarial job around project documentation rather than actively managing the different phases of the multiple projects.

The solution is to leverage technology to reduce the overhead. At DesignHammer, we are currently in the process of transitioning to a new project management solution. As such, we have been evaluating our needs for this tool throughout the process, and will continue to do so.

Tags: #ProjectManagement

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