Does the UK government even care about not fitting 1984's Big Brother stereotype anymore? Geez.
I deleted it... I should know better not to post mean comments on the Internet.
Sorry but I have to disagree, this has everything to do with a platform that a huge amount of design work exists on.
I'm not quite sure how you would come to the conclusion that this isn't design related?
What is design by your definition? Pixel-pushing and some web work? "Design" is a very controversial term, but I think people in this industry have worked very hard to convey to the public that design is actually more than just a sort of digital painting. It actually relates to any given field in our lives, as we need to process information and we need to do it accurately And that's what we do, right? Convey information effectively.
And as such any kind of news posted here is actually design-related, as all is related to design. And the community will try to find a way to have a conversation about it.
And if the post gets upvotes, it seems that a lot of people (designers) are interested in this.
Last, but not least, I think this isn't even far-fetched design news, because this would have a major impact on the internet landscape.
Edit: Well, now the comment doesn't make any sense ;)
What a sensationalist title...
I have dreaded this day for a while. Clickbait on DN.
I disagree. The title may be sensationalist but the content is hugely important. We're reaching a point in time where we have to choose between privacy and our civil liberties. As designers, specifically product designers, we hold great responsibilities for people's data. How do we hold that data? How does that data get shared? Who has access to that data? How do people communicate using the platforms that we build? Empathetic designers should be concerned about all these aspects.
These proposals are of great importance (and concern). A large community of DN is UK-based. Any changes in law will directly effect them in both their personal and professional lives.
Point taken. I apologise if it seemed like I was downplaying the importance of this article, even in the slightest. Just wasn't so fond of the title.
Article importance aside, it's still a sensationalist clickbait title.
Why the clickbait article? Here is the BBC arcticle that this article links to, in case anyone is interested.
the title is accurate; not clickbait. from the article:
what David Cameron is proposing:
- All Britons' communications must be easy for criminals, voyeurs and foreign spies to intercept
- Any firms within reach of the UK government must be banned from producing secure software
- All major code repositories, such as Github and Sourceforge, must be blocked
- Search engines must not answer queries about web-pages that carry secure software
- Virtually all academic security work in the UK must cease -- security research must only take place in proprietary research environments where there is no onus to publish one's findings, such as industry R&D and the security services
- All packets in and out of the country, and within the country, must be subject to Chinese-style deep-packet inspection and any packets that appear to originate from secure software must be dropped
- Existing walled gardens (like Ios and games consoles) must be ordered to ban their users from installing secure software
- Anyone visiting the country from abroad must have their smartphones held at the border until they leave
- Proprietary operating system vendors (Microsoft and Apple) must be ordered to redesign their operating systems as walled gardens that only allow users to run software from an app store, which will not sell or give secure software to Britons
- Free/open source operating systems -- that power the energy, banking, ecommerce, and infrastructure sectors -- must be banned outright
On another note, I love the new BoingBoing article layout!
Except you have to scroll past that enormous, emotionally-charged-yet-unrelated-to-the-article image to get to the article.
Edit: which understandably isn't the case on every article but wanted to point that out in this case. I didn't read the article because it looked like linkbait. Thanks to those of you who posted the alternative BBC links!
And if the hero was above the text, you would still have to scroll the same distance to get to the article.
The alternative would be to do a text overlay, but that only works if the photo is framed correctly and has enough contrast with the text.
Another alternative would be to use an image that relates to the article / headline.
In this particular case, they could have had the text (in white) over the hero image while still maintaining the contrast. Also, I agree with Spencer, in that the image should have been more relevant to the article. Polygon does this well.