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 communities to participate constructively in the regulatory sphere, and represent the tech sector in the advocacy processes which shape the web.