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.
This week wraps up my training in the Mozilla Open Leaders initiative. It’s been an amazing, very intense 14 weeks of learning, all in support of the team in the cross-project CMS privacy group.
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.