The Case for WordPress Governance

What role does WordPress play in the larger discussions about the web platform and the internet? What responsibilities does WordPress have to speak for the tens of millions of content creators, business owners, designers, developers, organizations, institutions, and governments who rely on this free open source software to share their thoughts, ideas, information, products, and…

On the Corporate Takeover of the Cathedral and the Bazaar

Originally posted as a Twitter thread. We need to have a conversation about Open Source and equity. Particularly, we need to talk about how “decisions are made by those who show up” should be amended to read “decisions are made by those who can afford to show up” and what that means for our industry. The origins of the Open Source…

Newspack: Automattic, Google, and the SaaSification of WordPress

Earlier today Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com headed by WordPress co-founder and project lead Matt Mullenweg) announced Newspack by WordPress.com, a “next-generation publishing platform” “aimed at small- and medium-sized news organizations”. The new platform is funded in part by Google, through the Google News Initiative, and other companies. Here are my preliminary thoughts. A missed opportunity…

How Not to Destroy the World: Ethics in Design and Technology – Smashing Conference Freiburg, 2018

All the links from the talk Mark Zuckerberg answers to Congress for Facebook’s troubles Mark Zuckerberg apologizes to EU lawmakers for Facebook data scandal The Data That Turned the World Upside Down Ich habe nur gezeigt, dass es die Bombe gibt Those Banned 3D-Printed Gun Files Are Now Available on Another Site. Are They Really…

Gutenberg and the Future of WordPress: Conditions for Success

NB: This article is part of a series on the new WordPress editing experience called "Gutenberg". If you are not familiar with Gutenberg, check out the first article in the series. As the Gutenberg project moves ever closer to merging with WordPress, users, administrators, designers, developers, and core contributors are raising concerns about timelines and what…