Mar 9, 2020

My Terms of Service Study is Published

My study on whether rewriting web sites' terms of service in "plain English" is effective in making them more understandable to users has been published in the academic journal Social Media + Society. It is available at

Feb 19, 2020

Sealed Mulvaney case shows rules for sealing court documents

On the surface, a legal case with an appeal currently pending before the South Carolina Court of Appeals looks like a technical business case resulting from a real estate deal. But as originally reported by the Washington Post, the case involves White House acting chief of staff John Michael (“Mick”) Mulvaney.  More...

Jan 17, 2020

In test of revised FOIA, judge rules against last-minute agenda additions

My January column for the South Carolina Press Association:

A recent common pleas court decision appears to be the first application of recent changes to South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Law, and requirements for public notice of agenda items at public meetings. And since an appeal is planned, it may establish an important precedent on this issue.
Changes to South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act in 2015 added a requirement that public bodies subject to the law publicly release an agenda at least 24 hours in advance of any regularly scheduled meeting, and that any additions to the agenda similarly be announced publicly at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Jan 15, 2020

I'm featured in a story posted today to the college's web page.