Bookmarked Obsidian Outlining (video by Nick Milo)

While watching the bookmarked video Nick Milo’s remark about being a left-handed keyboard ninja stood out. He has the mouse in his right hand, and so wants his hotkeys best positioned for his left hand. Using the keyboard without needing to leave the mouse speeds up your usage. This is akin to how I increased my gaming skills in the early PC era, keys optimised for one hand, mouse in the other. I have a Wacom pen tablet on the left hand side, yet do most keyboard shortcuts also with my left hand (perhaps a holdover from when I had the mouse on the right, but I also had the mouse on the left longtime). I now mapped some hotkeys also to combinations on the right hand side (some are already mapped to both sides, as they rely on things like shift, command and option keys), and started practicing them. Let’s see how long it takes for me to train the other hand, and I become a right-handed keyboard ninja!

it’s important to become a left-handed keyboard ninja

Nick Milo

This is very welcome news. The expansive and irritating ‘consent’ forms that IAB makes available to a wide range of sites is about to be judged in violation of the GDPR by the Belgian DPA.

Three years ago I mentioned here a French verdict that I read as meaning the end of IAB’s approach, but now it seems to be happening for real. Good to see the Timelex law firm involved in this. A decade ago I worked closely with them on European open data topics.

To be clear: AdTech is fundamentally non-compatible with the GDPR, and needs to die.

My first reading of the yet to be published EU Regulation on the European Approach for Artificial Intelligence, based on a leaked version, I find pretty good. A logical approach, laid out in the 92 recitals preceding the articles, based on risk assessment, where erosion of human and citizen rights or risk to key infrastructure and services and product safety is deemed high risk by definition. High risk means more strict conditions, following some of the building blocks of the GDPR, also when it comes to governance and penalties. Those conditions are tied to being allowed to put a product on the market, and are tied to how they perform in practice (not just how they’re intended). I find that an elegant combination, risk assessment based on citizen rights and critical systems, and connected to well-worn mechanisms of market access and market monitoring. It places those conditions on both producers and users, as well as other parties involved along the supply chain. The EU approach to data and AI align well this way it seems, and express the European geopolitical proposition concerning data and AI, centered on civic rights, into codified law. That codification, like the GDPR, is how the EU exports its norms to elsewhere.

The text should be published soon by the EC, and I’ll try a write-up in more detail then.