Data

E-campaigning forum email list demographics

Trans/genderqueer friendly survey/user data capture methodology

For a number of years I’ve been naming and shaming websites which force you to choose from binary gender options (male/female). This is because some people aren’t male or female, or don’t really want to tell a website which they are. They might be genderqueer, somewhere in-between or outside...

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Google search screenshot showing gay and cunt are conflated

Google search thinks ‘gay’ is a swear word: conflates ‘cunt’ with ‘gay’ and ‘shit’

An anonymous friend of mine just alerted me to the following: When your Google search includes the words ‘…is a cunt’, the results highlight in bold words which match the search terms. So, ‘cunt’ is highlighted. But, so is ‘shit’, and shockingly, ‘gay’ (see above). I’ve got nothing against...

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Eventbrite only offers male or female compulsory gender options

Hey Eventbrite, I expected better. In case you’ve not considered it, please consider broadening your gender options on your registration forms, and also not making it compulsory. At least provide an ‘other’ option, like many other modern sites (Google+, Doodle… and remember Pownce?). This makes sure you’re including people...

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Digital ecosystems

I wrote a post about digital ecosystems on the Brilliant Noise blog. Having studied animal communication, behaviour and habitats, I like to understand the world from an ecological perspective. This translates very well to understanding digital ecosystems. We can map the key elements of a biological ecosystem to those...

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