The web can no longer be a career choice for people who want to work in a field where there are no obligations, no ethics, no rules, and no constraints.
The introduction of obligations, ethics, rules, and constraints into the web can no longer be a call to victimhood, persecution complexes, and martyrdom.
The veneration of internal terms of service and ethics washing as a substitute for regulatory education, legislative cooperation, and professional governance is dead on arrival.
And the veneration of our origin myths – the visions of a Cyberspace home of Mind, free of the tyranny of flesh and steel – shows them up for the drug-addled ramblings that they were.
If you don’t believe that the code, the projects, and the people you ship into the world should work within a space defined by obligations, ethics, rules, and constraints, you’re not a visionary, an innovator, or an influencer. You’re a sociopath.
We are people of enormous power and influence over the web. I empower digital professionals to use that power wisely. As a tech policy and regulation specialist, I educate the makers of the web on the policy issues which impact their work, inspire them to participate constructively in the regulatory sphere, and represent them to governments.