Taking inspiration from Allison Parrish’s talk: Programming is Forgetting: Toward a New Hacker Ethic, here’s my version of Parrish’s new hacker ethic for creators:
- Who gets to use what I make? Who am I leaving out? How does what I make facilitate or hinder access?
- What assets am I using? Whose labor produced them and what biases and assumptions are built in? What do the assets leave out?
- What systems of authority am I enacting through what I make? What systems of support do I rely on? How does what I make support other people?
- What kind of community am I assuming? What community do I invite through what I make? How are my personal values reflected in what I make?
Watch Allison Parrish’s talk for more background on why these sorts of updates are critical for shaping a more welcoming community.