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Technology, cowboys & quality control

As a self confessed, card carrying geek, I expect that my love of technology will endure for the rest of my lifetime, but I do hope that some day very soon the area of technology that I work in - the weird and wonderful information superhighway - can find a way to rid itself of the cowboys working within it.

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Interoperability anyone? Welcome to the Internet Stone Age

I spoke at the Untangle the Web event last night, which was good fun. I met some knew and interesting people, and got to talk about my beloved inclusive design. The audience were mostly tech newbies, so I dusted off my 10 Principles of Inclusive Design and wrote an 'introduction to...' sort of presentation, which seemed to go down quite well, but what dawned on me afterwards is that everyone working in the internet/digital/web/mobile/technology/whatever you want to call it industry is a newbie really.

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Maintaining the integrity of an open and inclusive Internet

The principles of openness and inclusivity, on which the Internet has been built, are so aligned with everything I want the world to be. They are at the heart of human values and the ideals that I spend my life working towards. The mere thought of the erosion of these principles is pure agony, but the Internet has not become what its founders envisaged and is now a fundamental part of a global community. As a result, the economics of capitalism are now firmly in the frame and the Internet eco-system is being challenged and so are its principles.

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