Barlow’s opinion needs to be seen in context and helpfully leads me to my final points. Not because we’re technologists, but because we’re people, we’re responsible to society for the tools we make.
I suggest that for a number of reasons — one of them being that technology wasn’t yet pervasive amongst society — technologists in general (and recently and in particular, the strain of technology centered around the West Coast of the United States), have operated on general idea that as technologists we’re apart from society.
Society is all of us, and we all have a responsibility to it.
No one’s coming. It’s up to us. (cache)
What am I building for the society? Not for me, not for a boss, not for users.
But for us, together. As a World Wide Web.