Developers have inherited the earth - if only we could protect their rights with the 2nd amendment as well as the 1st
To say that developers will inherit the earth is no longer an accurate statement. They already have. My role at has made it all the more clear. The new revolution is not in the streets, it’s not in the squares or parks, it’s not on university campuses. The new revolution is on mobile devices, your laptops and exists in the clouds. The new revolution is owned and controlled by developers. Software engineers that build the technology the world is now completely dependent on.
The recent passing of Aaron Swartz rocked the tech world and developers alike, throwing the true builders and creators of the internet into an impassioned outpouring. (Find some in this search on or some cool links in this community ) Now we face a very new form of activism. Hacktivists are in control. Wikileaks started a global controversy and shocked the world with the power a small group can have by sharing sensitive informtation.
Yesterday Anonymous took a bold and revolutionary ‘wikileaks-style’ move in honor of Swartz. It’s now official. A group of developers ‘hacktivists’ have used their skills to launch a revolution.
It’s about time. Considering we are all glued to the screen of a mobile device or laptop all day the only way to get anyones attention nowadays is with an innane cat video, a twitter flame war or by hacking/taking control of a government’s web page, seizing sensitive data and demanding change. I’m not suggesting I agree with the tactics. I’m not writing to condone the behavior. I am writing to point out the obvious. Those who build todays technologies will own tomorrow’s future and be in control.
Developers can be more powerful than any army and reach into places the best special ops or spies could never reach. Why? Because developers have inherited the earth. Everything we touch, see, hear, interact with in any meaningful way is somehow influenced by a developer… and this is only the beginning. The top 9 of 10 best paying jobs worldwide are engineers. Parents around the world in emerging nations and deteriorating economies once dependent on industrial work are telling their children “Learn to code”. It’s the one industry where the world will demand more and more skilled workers over the coming decades.
Today it’s official. The wars of tomorrow will not only be fought with drones, but with the worlds best hackers. I suppose the last 007 Bond movie wasn’t so far off.
Now if only we could protect the rights of developers with the 2nd amendment…as well as the 1st. - rekatz