The website axbom.blog is the personal blog of me, Per Axbom – a tech enthusiast and independent business owner. While many know me as a UX designer, my broader efforts revolve around human rights issues in the digital space.
After buying the domain name axbom.com in 1997 I started sharing my learnings about the web experience in diary format online, some years before the word "blog" was coined.
Two decades later I'm writing regularly in both English and Swedish and these two languages mingle on the front page. But should you need them, links to language-specific start pages are available in the menu: choose "EN" for English and "SE" for Swedish. RSS feeds offer the same choice.
I want to lead by example when it comes to privacy on the web. That is why this website does not enforce or endorse non-consensual tracking or data collection. At all. Visits to the website aren't counted either. The feedback and contributions I receive is how I gauge the impact of my content.
Privacy when commenting
Should you however choose to comment on an article or post, there are some things you need to know. The details you enter about yourself, and the text you write, will be saved. I know—it seems obvious—but on the topic of privacy it's good to be clear.
Not as obvious is how I use a subprocessor for the commenting system. This means that another company is running the database where that information is stored. In this case that company is Commento, and here's what they say about privacy:
Commento has not, does not, and will not gather your personal information to sell to advertisers, third-party trackers, or other organisations.
You should be aware that other commenting systems do this, but Commento is built on the premise of not misusing your personal information. That is why I also pay Commento $10 per month in return for their services of keeping your data safe, instead of expecting them to make money in other ways. This is how a healthy business relationship works when not exploiting users.
Privacy and embedded videos
Running a website for decades means that backtracking on some decisions will take a while. Unfortunately, embedded YouTube videos will track you when you press play (and sometimes even just by being loaded on the page) and I can not stop this.
I am in the process of regularly going back to old posts and removing embedded YouTube videos, replacing them with links and proper words of caution. You can see an example of that, and also learn why, in my article Embed YouTube videos without cookies. I'm thankful if you let me know when you find YouTube videos on this blog; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll remove it promptly.
For my own videos I will use the video service Vimeo whenever I can.
When it comes to embedded videos from Vimeo, I am embedding these with a parameter known as dnt (do not track). This means that these videos will not track you in any way, and will also not be able to report statistics on plays. I am of the conviction that your experience, and trust, matters more than my numbers.
Abuse and misuse
My blog should not idly harm the wellbeing of others. Should you comment in a way that harms or unnecessarily risks the wellbeing of others I will remove whole or parts of that comment. If you come across any content of this nature on my website, written by myself or others, then please alert me on email@example.com.
Living up to a high standard of accessibility is important to me. I am sometimes limited by the use of third-party services but I will also make efforts to influence those parties when I can.
I am aware that there are some images on this site that do not have proper ALT (alternative) attributes, and that there are video without subtitles. Any videos produced by myself—in recent times and in the future—will have them.
Some older content has been distorted during my recent migration (November 2020) and I will be working through this systematically to improve.
Some visualisations I produce—mindmaps, system maps and worksheet—are difficult to convey meaningfully in words and I am always on the lookout for ideas and advice on how to make my visual content more accessible. As an example, I've made one attempt here with the Digital Ethics mindmap.
Don't hesitate to reach out to me by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org when you want to point out poor accessibility or provide tips on alternative ways of communicating content in different forms.
If you are on the lookout for a particular article or topic you may want to use my search engine. The search engine is available on its own address: search.axbom.com, and linked in the header and footer of the blog. I host the search engine using the software PHPSearch, and the results themselves are delivered via the Bing Web Search API.
Again, this service is something I pay for to gain more power over data privacy. I have strict settings enabled to fend off trackers.
The search engine will search through all my axbom domains. But rest assured that most results returned will necessarily lead to a blog post, since this is where the bulk of my content resides.
If there's anything you think should be added to this page, or you think is unclear, reach out to me via e-mail: email@example.com.
Thank you for spending time with my words,
P.S. If you wanted to know a bit more about me, my background and what I do for a living, you can start here: hello.axbom.com