the Irish for rights

And so, to BarCamp Dublin

picture-4.pngFulfilling a promise rashly made ages ago, I spoke at BarCamp Dublin (blog | wiki) in the Digital Exchange on Crane Street in the Digital Hub (maps here and here) yesterday morning.

Once I had surmounted the usual technological glitches, this is me (click on the image for a bigger version, if you dare!) in full flow trying to cover the following issues:

Eoin at BarCamp Defamation, Privacy,
Obscenity, Hate Speech, Contempt,
Copyright, Threatening Speech,
Workplace speech issues,
Bloggers as Journalists,
and Soft Controls

For what they’re worth, my powerpoint slides are here, but were no more than a starting point for discussion (and anyway, TJ’s already done it much better here; see Sarah’s reaction here).

Update (26 April 2007): EFF have recently updated their legal guide for bloggers; whilst in Monday’s Media Guardian (hat tip: Media Law Prof Blog), Alice Gould writes about The blogosphere, the law and the printed word:

Anyone wanting to publish material posted on social networking sites, or other sites, needs to check the site’s terms and conditions to see who owns the material and whether it can legally be reproduced.

Update (4 May 2007): 12 Important U.S. Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know (hat tip: Freedom to Differ)

Update (17 May 2007): I’ve just found this podcast of the event in which TJ delivered the presentation mentioned above.

9 Responses to “And so, to BarCamp Dublin”

  1. Hi Eoin

    I was at your presentation on Saturday and got a lot out of it, thanks. Can be a bit of a scary world with all these defamation and copyright laws …

    all the best,


  2. Eoin, great presentation, and thanks for adding your ppt slides.
    It showed me, and those fortunate enough to be present that there is much we don’t know when we are commenting and blogging, even linking to another site, or having a live forum/discussion board or comments section, which spammers can access.

    Alot of food for though.

    It was only while heading back to Cork on saturday evening, that I thought Eoin O’Dell, that sounds familiar, even the voice had been familiar during the talk – but I hadn’t connected the 2.
    I see you were in UCC 1986-89, I was in there 1986-1990 studying Commerce, and may have been in the same lecture on occasion back in the earlier years.
    Anyway – must meet up with you the next time, and best of luck with cearta.ie – good blog, site and a link to be added.

  3. Eoin says:

    Jennifer: I’m glad it helped – hope it was scary in a good way! :-)

    Siasy: I debated a lot in College in those years, so name/voice/etc might very well be familiar from the Law Soc/Philosoph circuit back in the day. Or maybe it was just that I was loud then too! :-)

  4. […] Update (22 Feb 2007): The slides are now available here. […]

  5. Sarah Carey says:

    I was sorry to have missed your talk but this is what comes from not reading the timetable. Nice to have met you afterwards though. I blog in dread now….

  6. Hi Eoin,

    Great presentation and great to meet you (I was the guy that asked if I could get away with defaming a company or person by using a rhyming word… not that I plan to defame anyone!).

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  8. Eoin says:

    Eoghan: thanks for your comments on my presentation; as my next post (pingback immediately above) shows, I thought the same of yours – when will the slides be up on your blog? And don’t forget, if some says that they think that native-by-design or naive-by-the-sign are crap sites, those could still refer to yours :-)

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"Cearta" really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

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