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In a brief piece called Resumequity, Phil Wolff considers ownership of the resume. A well resoned lawyer weighs in with a plausible scenario. Assuming that European standards remain unlegislated, this is probably adequate coverage of the question. Your Thoughts? [] Related Info?   

Canadian Privacy Act Implications

GigaLaw.com: What the Canadian Privacy Act Means for U.S. Companies. This article was originally published on GigaLaw.com in February 2001

Summary: The Canadian Privacy Act has immediate implications for how U.S. companies can collect, use and disclose personal information online. Private sector organizations covered by the Act must follow the 10 principles of Fair Information Practices established in Canada as a nationwide code for the protection of personal information. This article explains what U.S. businesses need to know about the Canadian Privacy Act.

Contents: This article contains the following headings:

  • Introduction
  • Implications for U.S. Companies
  • Immediate Obligations
    • Treatment of Employee Data
    • Early Enforcement Priorities
    • Prompt Review of Existing Arrangements Prudent
  • A Brief Summary of the Canadian Privacy Act
    • Coverage
    • Exceptions
  • Canada's 10 Fair Information Practices
  • Effective Date, Enforcement and Long-Term Impact
[Privacy Digest] Your Thoughts? [] Related Info?   

Manpower's Hiring Survey

Business: Regional Outlook at Hiring Survey (washingtonpost.com). Your Thoughts? [] Related Info?   

Blogs Are Real Work, Protect Your IP

Rewrite employment contracts to protect your blog..

masukomi passes on tidbits from a Slashdot post.

"Where it says:

company owns the rights to all work produced during the term of employment

Just strike it out, and change it to:

company owns the rights to code written during working hours and in direct furtherance of any tasks assigned by the company"

Masukomi adds: "Speaking from experience they generally don't complain. And if they do, do you really want to work for a company that claims the right to steal any thought or invention you have for it's own profit even if it has nothign to do with them? Last time I did this I not only struck out that section but specifically added in an additional clause stating that that could make no claim on any opensource work or work for myself that was unrelated to their products."

Asserting your IP rights up-front is vital in this time of blended personal-work life. A good thread.

[diJEST: a journal of extrapreneurial strategy and technology] Your Thoughts? [] Related Info?   

From Phil

Korn Ferry unearths the dead.. The labor market may be tight, but this is ridiculous. Your Thoughts? [] Related Info?   

Web Services Evolution

Stencil > Web Services Market Evolving..

The Laws of Evolution: A Pragmatic Analysis of the Emerging Web Services Market is an analysis memo from The Stencil Group's Brent Sleeper and Bill Robins.

Web services and service-oriented architectures represent a fundamental shift in the design of enterprise software, and some of the most important solutions are coming from smaller software companies that are tackling real problems today.

They start their thinking with five observations:

  1. Technology changes far less than we expect in the short term, but it has a far greater impact than we realize in the long view.
  2. Incremental steps, not disruptive leaps, result in the most lasting innovation.
  3. Fundamental shifts in software architecture lead to inevitable change.
  4. Business systems and applications constantly evolve.
  5. The need to balance of control and flexibility has driven each wave of information technology. 

Like their business case for web services in the enterprise, it is well written and useful. Do yourself a favor.

Me, I'm getting their RSS feed.

[diJEST: a journal of extrapreneurial strategy and technology] Your Thoughts? [] Related Info?   

Getting Started

By far, the hardest part of a new technology is getting started. This blog (Currently called the Fifth Constituency) has been on the drawing boards for over six months. At one point, a team was assembled. The action items in our to do list are so old that they have evolved into that kind of spousal relationship you get into with some of your action list. They nag about neglect but not loudly enough to overcome the learning resistant inertia.

Why didn't the blog get started in November when it first made the AI list? What happened to the team? Why did it take so long to get a teensy bit of momentum?

Like all new pieces of technology, the blog seemed to have inertia of its own. We guessed and speculated about what it might be like to have one. We encouraged others with little response. The damned thing seemed to resist us.

We wonder why we always forget that commitment is never complete. It's a decision made repeatedly followed by the required actions of the moment. Somehow, as we are prone to do, we avoided the plunge and rationalized our avoidance with the usual excuses.

It's too much work. The software is primitive. What if it doesn't work out? At times, pure, unadulterated procrastination was the simple truth.

At any rate, we began the blog in earnest on Friday afternoon. By late Saturday, the categories were being populated and the rudimentary template was working. There are still issues of membership, email access, content routines and so on to be solved.

But, the thing is rolling.

It's a solid reminder that large chunks of usability involve the internal motives of the user. No ammount of usability will completely solve procrastination. It is, however, the most fertile ground for usability research. The questions are 

"What is the value to the user and can we help her see it?"

"Why should a user invest time in learning our peculiarities?"

"Why?" Indeed.

And, from what we can tell, why is the one question that most usability experts avoid like the plague.

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