I never made a Christmas List when I was a child. My parents—probably correctly—thought it encouraged materialism and detracted from the meaning of the holiday, and so I was never allowed to ask for anything specific. I guess their approach worked, because the idea of making a wish list still makes me uncomfortable, but I want to make an exception this year.
I want an open web and I want it for everyone. I want net neutrality codified in modern communications law. (I want modern communications law.)
I want services that respect our data. I want networks that lets us act with confidence and without constantly glancing over our shoulders at our privacy settings. I want systems that reveal power structures and allow us to question them instead of obscuring their workings and reflexively strengthening their positions.
I want better crypto.
I want a culture that nourishes the quiet and subtle as well as the frantic and exuberant. I want safety for the vulnerable and in-between spaces for the unexpected.
I want tools made to fit more hands.
I want us to learn how to take better care of each other, in our actions and in the things we build. I want us to learn how to take better care of the things we make.
I want more play and less game.
(It’s more complicated than that. I love you. Good night.)