Speaking

Conference speaking

I am an experienced conference speaker on a range of digital law issues, specifically laws and regulations which impact the crafts of web design and development. My 19 years of experience as a web designer, coupled with practical experience in digital law, allow me to help your audience comprehend legal issues on their level. My conference talks educate, empower, and inspire attendees to understand how regulations work on a screen and not on paper. I speak in plain English, not legalese or government-speak.

Topics I have spoken on recently include

  • the EU Consumer Rights Directive
  • the UK Consumer Rights Bill
  • the UK copyright overhaul
  • Protecting yourself in your contracts from client copyright infringement
  • the EU copyright reform process
  • the EU Place of Supply reforms (VATMOSS)
  • the EU Cookie Law
  • the BPAS database hack and penalty fine
  • the Delfi v Estonia ruling on web site comments
  • Automattic’s victory against DMCA abuse
  • UK data retention and surveillance legislation
  • the EU directive on accessibility in public sector web sites
  • GDPR (EU data protection reform)

Here’s what I don’t offer in my conference talks: scaremongering, threats of penalties, personal attacks, academic lectures, and talking down to attendees like naughty, noncompliant children. Your audience deserves better than that.

Speaking experience
WordUp Glasgow, WordUp Edinburgh, Wordcamp Manchester, WordCamp UK, WordCamp London, WordCamp Europe 2015, WordCamp Edinburgh, J and Beyond Barcelona, WordCamp Europe 2016

The fine print of hiring me to speak

  • I do expect to have my travel costs from from Glasgow, Scotland covered, as well as hotel costs.
  • I need to know that your event has a Code of Conduct and that it is public, visible, and shared in advance with attendees.
  • I do not provide talks to bolster any specific political agenda.
  • As an impartial provider of information resources I cannot endorse any particular compliance product.

Interested in inviting me to speak at your conference? Let’s talk.

Show reel

TechMeetup Edinburgh 2017

WordCamp Belfast 2016

J and Beyond 2016, Barcelona

WordCamp Europe 2015, Seville

WordCamp Edinburgh 2015

WordCamp London 2015

What the attendees say

“Awesome talk- always have something to sort after I listen to you!”

-Will Maginn

“Kinda regret seeing @WebDevLaw’s Brexit talk at #wceu. All kinds of implications which hadn’t yet occurred to me. Feeling sick.”

-Simon Dickson

“It was a great pleasure having you as a speaker. You gave us a good insight of the MOSS issue.”

– Sigrid Suski

“Awesome talk – she has a really cool (few laughs…) way of presenting normally daunting info.”

– Elzette Roelofse

“The talk has sent chills down my spine”

-Jonny Wood

“Fantastic talk on EU laws…but my head is now fried…think I need beer”

– Jon Burton