As I learn more about the different models and assumptions behind software engineering, I get more and more interested by their social and political implications. Especially as “software eats the world” and more and more aspects of our lives are lived and managed through different pieces of software.
So this may sound left-field, but hear me out.
It was time to refresh my personal blog. My wordpress site had been running since 2012, I was getting a bit fed up with how hard it was to change the CSS, and I wanted a domain where I could easily host other code projects.
When I started doing CSS, and coolly switching background-colors with a word or two, I was horrified to discover that layouts are so difficult.
In 2013-14 I worked as an online reporter / producer at Channel 4 News. I wrote a bunch of news stories and made a short documentary about a gay bar bridging the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.
I was previously a technology reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and worked for 2 years on the Register scooping the tech problems behind the RBS/Natwest banking software glitch that affected 17 million people.