In June I attended the Web Teaching Day unconference, an annual gathering of educators bringing up the next generation of web professionals, at MMU in Manchester. Run by Richard Eskins and Derren Wilson, the unconference is a day of exchanging perspectives, ideas, and opportunities about the ways that web design and development are taught. It’s a casual, convivial, and very sweary day in good company.
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.
Open source projects can use our influence to shape the laws and policies which impact our work, and we can do so while defending ourselves, and each other, from the unintentional consequences of project misuse.
I've worked to amend the WordPress.org plugin guidelines so that plugins can no longer claim to make a site legally compliant in any regulatory requirement.
To me, we have already achieved something I would not have imagined a year ago today: it is possible for developers and coders across a range of ages, levels of experience, employment scenarios, and political stances to realise that we have more in common than that which divides us.
I truly believe that once everyone is willing to examine their own behavior, take responsibility for it, and commit to a different way forward, the bridge will begin to build itself.
IWDRO, a private for-profit business under peculiar ownership, has illegally claimed to be the official regulator of the web design and development fields.
In this week’s column for AccountingWeb I rode my favourite hobby horse: the exclusion of the digital economy from UK official statistics due to woefully outdated taxonomies. Previous rants are available.
There was a bit of chatter yesterday regarding yet another dubious outfit, promoting itself as an “official” web design and development industry body, phoning around looking for membership signups. This organisation, and the people behind it, have history, and not in a good way. If these people showed up at a networking event, you would think less of the networking group. They’re that kind of outfit. On a comment thread about this particular organisation, one […]
At long last, the UK Government has acknowledged the absurd undercounting of the digital economy in UK economic statistics.
So here it is, then, the topic that is apparently too dangerous to discuss: the future of the web profession itself.
The outdated standards used to measure economic activity in the UK define web design, development, and the digital economy as "other". We literally don't count. It's time we did.