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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

We have failed society, and society has noticed.  Code now powers injustice around the world....

The New York Times recently published an interactive article titled "The Decade Tech Lost Its Way".  The headline brought to mind a topic I've reflected on often over the past few years.  We have had a decade of headlines exposing aid of government oppression in China by Google, utter disregard for privacy from Facebook, profit-margins above human well-being at Amazon, and many more.

The list is not limited to big tech either.  Praiseworthy investigative journalists brought us stories ranging from massive location data-sets collected by dozens of small, obscure companies, to human rights abuses using facial recognition & cell phone spyware by world powers - specifically China & India. (China has now moved people targeted by this technology into brainwashing camps.)  And, of course, abuses of power by my own government as well.

These stories both sadden & anger me,…