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Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

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As an everyday consumer I pay an Internet service provider (ISP) a monthly fee for access to the Internet. As a programmer and technologist I pay a colocation facility for space, power and bandwidth to participate on the Internet. Both the colocation facility and my local ISP themselves pay "upstream" provers for Internet access. These upstream providers then engage in "peering" agreements where ISPs interlink their networks with each other resulting in an interconnection of networks, the Internet. As the Federal Communication Commission itself has stated, "The Internet is a vital platform for innovation, economic growth and free expression", a platform that I build upon everyday. As such, the interconnection of these networks and equality of communication that these networks carry is of utmost importance to me.

This "net neutrality" has become an important cornerstone of the Internet that enables me to prosper. In order to keep an Internet that myself, and millions of others, can continue to grow and depend on, I urge the FCC to continue on the path started with the "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" notice to ensure the Internet remains an open platform for innovation and expression. Specifically, I believe the best legal method granted by the United States Congress for the FCC's oversight of internet service providers depends upon the reclassification of ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. By classify ISPs as common carriers the FCC will be realizing that their "platform" is a public utility and that additional prioritization arrangement, or "fast lanes" have the potencial to negatively impact "innovation, economic growth and free expression" as expressed by myself and others on a daily basis.

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Chicago's Technology Scene, circa 2011

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Roughly this time two years ago, I attended an entrepreneur and startup event in D.C. called Social Matchbox which I noted in a subsequent blog post of the same name.

While I know organizations and companies like those exists in many places I have yet to find a loose confederation of those individuals, organizations and companies similar to what I experienced in the Bay Area here in Chicago where I currently reside. I have however found such a network in Washington, DC and it is known as Social Matchbox.

Last year, I asked with all the things going for Chicago, high profile tech companies, top tier universities and a diverse population, "why don't tech people think of Chicago along the lines of a San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Boston or Austin?" Perhaps, I surmised, it was simply "that Midwestern work ethic, if we just work hard; the rewards and recognition will come on their own."

This year, I watched as the Chicago tech community rallied around TechWeek, a "celebration of a new technology epicenter unique among major world cities."

It's a start.

Alas, while I didn't get to attend any TechWeek specific events, someone has to keep an eye on the servers and write code for all these newfangled ideas, I did get a chance to meet up with a few other developers at the Chicago Open Data Hackathon. As a WTTW article wrote:

Chicago's city government has worked on developing its high-tech cred by initiatives such as publishing new city data sets online weekly and refreshing those sets nightly in order to increase the city's transparency ... On July 16, Google Chicago hosted a Chicago Open Data Hack Day. The event gathered 60 engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs to share ideas about using the City's open data to create new products and services."1

In my own participation of the hackathon, I did get a chance to create, what I hope will be, a useful PHP library (more on that later).

It's good to see Chicago get a little more boisterous about its tech creds. But it is also good to see Chicago go about about business as most Chicagoans do, as I did last week. As Orbit's Andy Crestodina notes "in a refreshing way, TechWeek was nothing new. Chicago has been doing this a long time and the tech community is an experienced crowd, many of whom have seen the boom and bust (and more booms and more busts) and lived to tell about it."

There is an end in all this technology means. We build apps to communicate. We open data to map relationships and piece out new meaning. The technology isn't an end unto itself. We work in technology to get something done.

And that's the innovation Chicago can bring to the table, even if it mostly goes unheralded.

1 I don't recall 60 people offhand, I probably would have put the count at around 30-40. But the hackathon was an all-day event and I know some people came and left, so, 60 total for the whole maybe true.

Saying No to Transparency Budget Cuts

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In the past few years we have seen an explosion in our ability to access information at anytime and from just about anywhere. The Internet in general has a lot to do with this explosion. Being able to access the Internet from just about anywhere has simply reinforced its importance.

A secondary development that has impacted our relationship to information is known as "Web 2.0". The central tenant of Web 2.0 is that websites not only facilitate in the sharing of information, but also the interoperability of information across the Internet.

To do this web developers separate out their concerns, the design of the website from its logical behavior, the information from the logic. This allows greater flexibility in developing the over all web-based application, applying computing resources specific to the concern in question, say storage of application data, as needed.

Given a proper interface a web developer can create a website "mashup" pulling data from numerous "outside" resources into a unique and useful application. One of earliest examples of this type of web application was a website called[1] that combined Google Maps with the Chicago Police "blotter" to provide a digital map in which a user could locate informtion about criminal activity at a given location in the city.

Recently the Obama Administration launched a number of government transparency initiatives designed to create data stores of federal information, akin to the local police blotter. By providing these data stores the administration's goal was to increase public access to high value information in a format that could be easily incorporated into a larger web application.

Yet, some of the most important technology programs that keep these data stores available are in danger of being eliminated.,, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, from $34 million to $8 million or less.

Government information must be available online, in real time and in machine-readable formats. Doing so can increase involvement in our democracy as non-for-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and independent developers find new ways to enable us in accessing and sharing information.

It seems stupid to let these new initiatives go dark. After all, why should we be able to know what is going on in our neighborhood, but not in our country as a whole?

Take action now to Save the Data,

[1] has since morphed into, a site focused on collecting all of the news and civic goings-on related to a specific city neighborhoods, As of March 2010 they cover 16 metropolitan cities in America and their neighborhoods, providing a "news feed" for a given city neighborhood or block.


Google and Net Neutrality: Business First

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The Story Thus Far
Earlier this month the New York Times published an article entitled "Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers" in which the paper outlined a pending agreement between Google and Verizon that would allow for prioritizing certain traffic across the Internet. Google's initial public reaction to the story was to say that the Times didn't have its facts straight and that if they had just called, Google would have been happy to have answered any questions the paper had.

Many, I think, saw Google's initial reaction to the article as an outright rejection that any sort of "deal" was in the works. However, just a few days later Google announced "A Joint Policy Proposal for an Open Internet" in which they outlined a "principled compromise our companies have developed over the last year concerning the thorny issue of 'network neutrality."

Wait, what? Web Pay Tiers? Network Neutrality?

Ok, for the uninitiated the term network neutrality (net neutrality), refers to the formalization of what has been, more or less, standard practice; that very limited, if any, restrictions should be allowed to be put in place by any service providers or government on the content or equipment that can connect to the Internet as a whole.

Conversely, many service providers argue that bandwidth is limited in scope and that without the ability to prioritize traffic and access they will ultimately fail in providing what has become a necessary service to many individuals and businesses.

In short order, Google in the past has advocated open, unrestricted access and even encapsulated the phrase "Don't be evil" as a corporate motto of sorts while companies such as Version have argued that the health and livelihood of their business models depend on tiered data networks, regardless of the level of service offered.

The proposed agreement between Google and Verizon has been analyzed by a number of groups and individuals since its publication. The basic outline of which reads: Google and Verizon agree that all "wirelines" shall be open and unencumbered. However unlike a "wireline", "wireless" (cellular) broadband is still an emerging marketplace and, as such, requires a different set of governing principles (or at least should not be handicapped by United States regulation (via the FCC) requiring the same open and unencumbered requirement as a "wireline").

Google argues that in order to reach an agreement with Verizon, like any workable agreement, they needed to make compromises in order to move forward. Critics of the agreement argue that Google has "sold out" on the idea of net neutrality, noting that the "wireless" compromise between the two companies just so happens to cover the same business segment where Google and Verizon are business partners via Google's Android platform for smartphones.

Personal Take: Business First
While I personally believe that businesses should be held to higher standard than simply generating profit, I realize that, no mater what I feel, a business must make sound business decisions, else that business will cease to be in business.

Google's mature, core business, search, requires open access for users to use and open standards for access to third-party data that it then aggregates, warehouses and mines. However, Google's potential growth business, wireless, is in competition between a number of other closed or semi-closed computing platforms (iPhone, Blackberry, RIM, et al).

Consider the following philosophy a variation of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, which I consider in high regard as outlined for individuals: Before a business can operate in a socially conscious way, the business must first be profitable. If a business, or business unit of a larger corporation, can align its strategy with a greater social cause, that is be profitable while being highly attuned to and influential in a current social concern, then the business can reached a higher level of "growth"

Thus, to me, it seems unsurprising that Google is willing to build a policy around a fundamental division between wired and wireless networks. Nor do I feel there has been any "betrayal" of whatever higher "don't be evil" value Google wishes to place on its businesses as a whole.

But that doesn't mean I like the agreement anymore than others. In fact, for the most part, I feel the EFF's review of the proposed agreement between Google and Verizon, is inline with my own initial read of the policy and viewpoint with regard to net neutrality.

Unfortunately for Google, its internal division of business between "wireline" and "wireless" is hardly an ideal division for the rest of us. This means while there are potentially good suggestions with the agreement, there are also some potential bad and ugly ramifications for a division between "wireline" and "wireless".

The Take Away: Hardly the End of the Internet 
Obviously, this whole post is a quick summary of a very complex and evolving issue.

But that's the final point to make here. This is not the end of the Internet as we know it in which Google, Verizon and a handful of others carve it up between themselves. Instead this is an interesting proposal, an experiment in suggested policy, that may or may not point to a balancing point between different social, business and individual interests. 

As Carl Sagon once wrote about the American form of democracy, "In almost all of these cases, adequate control experiments are not performed, or variables are insufficiently separated. Nevertheless, to a certain and often useful degree, policy ideas can be tested. The great waste would be to ignore the results of social experiments because they seem to be ideologically unpalatable." 

Adding Government to the Social Web

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First published: 13th of October 2009 for Technorati

In part because of Barack Obama's success in leveraging the Internet during his Presidential Campaign and in part because of the general success of "Web 2.0 companies", there has been an explosion of discussions on how one can leverage the growing sophistication of our social interactions online.

Consider it: we cannot go a few hours these days without hearing about individuals, organizations and businesses experimenting with how to put some social networking site to work for them. Everyone wants to engage individuals with cool websites and apps - and make money doing it.

This growing complexity of the Web as a computing platform over the last half a dozen years or so has had to do with the ever increasing access to data repositories online, the development of social applications that access that data and the near ubiquitous Internet access many of us find ourselves with these days. In turn, we get businesses, organizations and individuals clamoring for tools and knowledge on how best to leverage this latest version of the Web.

But not all of the discussions about the Web these days revolves around making money. What about government? If the bold new social web can engage people in politicking, why can't that same tool be used in politics?

That is if Obama can leverage our social interactions to raise funds and engage like-minded individuals, why can't the government - at any level - use those same tools to engage its citizenry and help foster debate and execution of government policy? After all this version of the web is about social networks, social engagement and social collaboration, it's the perfect tool for the debate and analysis of policy both successful and failed?

Enter "Government 2.0": a growing trend that intersects politics, government and technology, bring democratic governments to their people, online. While still in its infancy, the idea has been gaining traction all over the world but most notably in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

For example, in the United States, President Obama's Chief Information Officer for the Executive Branch of the Federal Government recently launched a new website,, with the specific purpose of increasing "public access to high value, machine readable datasets" which is a critical step to bring about the creation and utilization of online political engagement.

Critical, but only a first step. Data from other parts of the government, such as local and state run institutions, are still in need of exposure. Those application developers who are just starting to incorporate these new repositories of open data into their social applications will be able to expose important and interesting information to the public at large.

A trend to keep an eye on, even if you're not a technologist. As Thomas Jefferson said in his First Inaugural Address, "The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason, I deem the essential principles of our government."

About Last Night...

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To my non-Illinoisan friends who watched Jon Stewart last night I offer these three simple facts:

1) The people of Illinois had soured on Mr. Blagojevich's budgeting by fiat long before the formal charges of corruption. Before his indictment his approval rating was between 20% - 30%

2) Mr. Blagojevich (should) know that the rules and reasons for impeachment are different than those of a criminal (or even civil) trial. While there are many explanations and interpretations for this I offer the most simple and straightforward: We deserve a Governor who is above reproach.

3) Everyone, even the disgraced governor, wants to focus on the "(bleep)ing golden" Senate seat. However, "selling" of the Senate seat is only one of pending criminal charges. He is also charged with attempting to bride the Tribune company with state funds while selling its ownership stake in the Chicago Cubs and attempting to gain campaign funds from the Children's Memorial Hospital, among others.

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Social Matchbox

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For every famous success story such as or failure like there are hundreds of unknowns; companies that find success, or failure, anonymously. Yet each of those companies have interesting stories to tell, as do those within the company, individuals discovering what it takes to bring about a compelling idea to the world.

I hate the "Dot Com Bubble" and "Bust" labels that have become mainstream media's shorthand for "stupid business people who should have know better" because it limits the story to companies like as "obvious" failures. Having lived in San Francisco during that period of time, having been part of an anonymous "success"1 story with C2Net Software, having met many interesting individuals I know from firsthand experience the "reality" of that "bubble" and "bust", "stupid business people" is not the first thing that comes to my mind2. I am still friends with a few individuals from "back then", follow and keep in touch with many more online and have, alas lost complete contact with many others. Each and everyone of them carries with them an interesting perspective and insight from moving in a similar network of people and ideas at a similar place and time.

While I know organizations and companies like those exists in many places I have yet to find a loose confederation of those individuals, organizations and companies similar to what I experienced in the Bay Area here in Chicago where I currently reside. I have however found such a network in Washington, DC and it is known as Social Matchbox.

As I experienced back in San Francisco with Webzine, I'm sure to many in the DC Metropolitan Area, Social Matchbox means different things to different people. To some it is a guiding principle of similar ideas, to others an event and still to others a social network of people and organizations. I can't speak to the network of people as a whole, since being in Chicago leaves me with a tenuous connection at best. I can however speak to the idea and, at least to one, event.

According to their website "Social Matchbox is where East Coast entrepreneurs and startup professionals congregate, launch, stay informed, announce job openings, and connect."

Quite an ambitious idea.

In practice, at least as I saw it put to practice last Thursday night, the group focuses on technology startups in the DC area. Now, one might think that DC startups, even technology focused ones, are geared toward one idea; winning big, fat Federal government contracts. While that might be the case for some, the startups selected to give their 5 minute sales pitch for Social Matchbox were anything but. In fact, it seemed quite the opposite, of the dozen or so presenters, about half of them had a social consciousness element to their concept. Take for example the winner of the evening's "group funding", Earth Aid.

AudienceEarth Aid is an online tool designed to assist in managing the household utilities by providing one place for viewing electric, natural gas, and water usage information. But that's hardly the only aspect. Earth Aid also highlights rebates, tax incentives and discounts to help reduced household expenses. The social consciousness element comes into play with the users ability to earn rewards for reducing utility usage, reducing in turn one's impact on the local environment.

Other groups focused on the social engagement front included:

  • Apps for Democracy: An online competition designed to foster innovative and useful usage of local government data online

  • Sunlight Foundation: Similar to Apps for Democracy, only focusing on federal information via

  • Grasshopr: Designed to be a single online source for civic engagement on issues at the federal, state and local level

As for those "traditional" tech startups, two of my favorites:

  • TapMetrics: An analytics tool for iPhone Developers for tracking information about their Apps

  • Unblab: An API to a machine intelligence that can be used to label important messages (email, blog posts, tweets) for the user, automatically filtering out "important" information from other "non-important" messages

Will all these ideas take? Maybe. Will any strike it rich? Doubtful. But if these individuals are anything similar to the West Coast counterparts I know, the "rich and famous" part isn't what drives them. What does drive them? Well as Steve Jobs famously put it to John Sculley, "do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water to children, or do you want a chance to change the world?"

1 For some, success or failure is a hard label to place. I, like many others, walked away with shares in Red Hat, which acquired C2Net in 2000, that actually had value. But it was a difficult transition that left a bitter after-taste for many. All, in all it was probably a draw.

2 Don't get be wrong, there was some stupidity going on, but hardly everyone was a speculator, rotten to the core.

Make No Little Plans

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On July 9, 1970 Republican President Richard M. Nixon authorized the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a single, independent federal agency tasked with establishing new criteria to guide American into a cleaner future.

Only three months prior the first Earth Day was called for by Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin as a way to educate people about the earth's complex environment.

What brought about the renewed focus on our environment and the modern environmental movement some 40 years after the end of the Great Depression's Dust Bowl as well as pioneer environmentalists Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Ansel Adams?

The movement has many roots, such as the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire which saw the surface of the river catch fire due to pollutants within the river.

But it should also come as no surprise that the modern environmental movement came on the heels of the "Space Race". That concerns about our environment crystallized in our national consciousness just months after man's first foot steps on another heavenly body, less than two years after Apollo 8's Jim Lovell commented from lunar orbit that "the loneliness up here is awe inspiring. It makes you realize just what you have back on Earth.1"

In fact, on the occasion of NASA's 50th anniversary last October, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine ranked the top two of fifty most memorable images from NASA's history not of an astronaut, a flag, star, rocket, spacecraft, satellite or aircraft, but of the Earth. The Earth from space, as photographed by the Apollo 17 crew in 1972 and by Apollo 8 in 1968.

"The Earth from here is an oasis in the vastness of space.1"

I mention this because of course today marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's landmark landing on the surface of the Moon, the finishing line of John F. Kennedy's race pitting the United States' engineering ingenuity and political influence against that of the Soviet Union's.

While many will consider the glories of the past today, I suggest instead a look to the glories of the future. In fact, right now the Obama Administration is reviewing NASA's priorities, should we return to the Moon and set a course for Mars, as outlined by his predecessor? Or focus our interests elsewhere?

The question brings a host of other questions. What are our national priorities today? Tomorrow? Are we best served with an investment in returning to the Moon?

Consider that from 1957 to 1975, the United States spent approximately $100 billion to develop, test and land 12 men on the moon.2 For that investment the world not only directly gained knowledge about the Moon and manned-space travel, but laid the foundation for; weather, communication and global positioning satellites and spurred research in computing and land-based telecommunication initiatives, among other technological spinoffs.

In addition the "Space Race" advanced development and application in existing technologies such as fuel-cells, solar power and batteries bringing about great potential in energy conservation, adding practical scientific knowledge alongside the social concern within the environmental movement.

That's a significant return on investment for something many people consider political theater.

But can a renewed investment in NASA achieve the same results? I think it can, so long as the Obama Administration uses the following guidelines in refocusing NASA's priorities:

  • That the government's most effective roles are in funding new exploration which develops new technologies and basic research.
  • That the private sector needs to be engaged on a broad scale; commercial markets work effectively in refining and re-purposing basic technologies into cost effective services.
It would be fool-hearty, even for a popular liberal President, to suggest that the Federal government can do everything. In fact, the space program works best when the government takes the initial step forward and the commercial interests move in to rebuild and re-purpose. On a basic level this can mean corporations refining new technologies, providing services in support of additional exploration and research to NASA.

However, NASA's engagement with our economy needs to extend beyond Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The benefits and advancements made and (still to be gained) suggests that while the opening of space to commerce might first directly benefit only a handful of wealthy space tourists, private individuals joy-riding into the outer reaches of our atmosphere is only the tip of a very large proverbial iceberg.

For example, continuing on a theme with the national priority of energy, climate and resource management as it stands the International Space Station is anything but self-sustaining over the long term. Crews are routinely rotated in and out. In addition, fresh supplies are shuttled to the station with waste materials sent back on the return journey on a regular schedule. Long duration flights that lead to permanent settlements, in Earth orbit, on the Moon or even Mars by necessity will push the limits of known science in regards to energy and climate conservation.

While it might require great creativity in applying these learned tidbits of science and technology into marketable products and services, it requires little imagination to see a correlation between self-sustainable manned space stations and a self-sustainable household.

Of course alternative energy would hardly be the sole beneficiary. Computing and telecommunications could see additional benefits. Others such as health-care and the economy as a whole could see significant growth as well. To be sure a manned mission to Mars is hardly "shovel-ready", but our national issues are not limited to short-term solutions.

While NASA and space exploration many never again capture the hearts and minds of several hundred million, as it did 40 years ago today, that hardly denotes failure. Yet failure to consider the grand impact in productivity and enhancement of life here on Earth in pursuit of manned (and unmanned) space travel will fail, without doubt, in again engaging the creativity of our nation. As the saying goes, "make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized."

1 Lovell, Jim, and Jeffrey Kluger. Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 . Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Print. Pg. 52

2 While the last moon landing was in 1972, Skylab used Apollo developed technologies and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975 closed out the "Space Race" between the two nations.

Tea and Taxes

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I get it, trust me, I get it.

I waited in line this morning to mail in my taxes. I owe money to the Federal government, to the State of Illinois and to the State of Minnesota. I "caught a break" in not owing more money to the District of Columbia, but I still had to shell out an additional $30 to find that out. So I get it.

I wasn't procrastinating. I knew I was going to owe money. I sat down in February and did a quick double check, confirmed I was going to owe money and decided to wait. Why pay just now? See in February I had just lost my full-time job. See, I get it.

This isn't about making you feel sorry for me. I knew it was coming. I left my full-time job back in July to work on the Presidential Campaign in Minnesota. Once November came I was out of a job. Then I caught a break, ended up in DC working on the Inauguration. Of course that just delayed the inevitable. I should have done my taxes right then a there, paid them while I still had a little wiggle room. Now I'm worrying about pulling in as many consulting hours I can, working on my own, knowing that the money I'm making is already spoken for. See, I get it.

I get the worry, I get the stress. I get the frustration. I get that we feel over burdened. That at times it seems, as individuals and as a nation, we have too many obligations. Trust me, I get it.

But I also get that it is not just about me. That I had have my say. That I voted and that a $13 Trillion economy doesn't turn on a dime. That change is not immediate.

What I don't get is this:

Anti Anti-AIG

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There has been quite a to-do about AIG's payment of employee bonuses over the past week. Much of the to-do I would characterize as "angry mob" which has galvanized the U.S. House of Representatives into passing a bill requiring "repayment."

Nate Silver, over at FiveThirtyEight, has taken a more pragmatic avenue to the discussion, noting the legal and business questions that have arisen since the news gained "mainstream" traction.

Alas, so much of politics is gut and emotions, as this instance clearly demonstrate. So here's my "emotional" reaction to why forcing AIG employees to pay back their bonuses is wrong-headed:

Imagine you're an employee at a large corporation. Ok, maybe you already are an employee for a large organization, so let's say you're a software engineer for a large video game company.  You've worked hard to get to this point, a respected game programmer for an industry leader. You and a few compatriots are working on a genre defining, first-person shooter and as part of the project your department head has presented everyone with an incentives program. It's a mix packaged based on meeting your deadlines and sales performance. Your product launches and in its first year does well. In fact it does quite well; it's well received by "casual" and "professional" gamers alike, becoming one of the top selling games for the year. You and your co-workers within the department are congratulated by the company with not only your promised bonuses but with a new task: develop the killer sequel.

Energized by your success you all put extra effort into the sequel, late nights programming and long days of meetings. Even so you meet all of your deadlines and release a genre-bending sequel. The company goes all out in marketing the game, but the gaming market is flooded with knocks-off of your original game, saturating the market. Your company, feeling good about the overall video game market in an effort to retain everyone, "do right" and keep everyone focused, offers everyone bonuses at full value, despite the sequel missing its sales goals.

But then the video game market as a whole crashes, it gets so bad the company needs to sell part of itself, a majority stake in fact to get a needed cash infusion. The new owner, wishing not to scare anyone off, tells everyone not to worry. The company as a whole is fine, the market will pickup, everyone just needs to weather the down turn. Some changes, really just some very few changes are needed. Just some touch ups, a little reorganizing here and little cost-cutting there. All the promises a new management makes to keep people from bailing.

Rumor has it that the company considers asking for your bonuses back, cost cutting after all. But after a qucik review of all outstaniing obligations, the new owners make good on the previously agreed full bonus payout.

Then a new story breaks, your first-person shooter is blamed for a teenager getting shot. Then more reports of violence being linked to your game. Obviously you and your department are to blame for the increase of violence. An increase in teenage violence and you got a bonus?!

Soon you hear the company really is planning on rolling back your bonuses, a shareholder drive has been enacted to force the Board of Director to cut team members pay, to make up for the "lost funds". After all you really didn't deserve all of it. It fact if the company hadn't paid your bonuses they might not have gotten in trouble financially - never mind that the company was in red-ink by millions and team's bonus was only a few thousand dollars. You are to blame for failure of company. You are called out as scum, the worst of the worst the reason why the whole industry is in free fall.

How do you think you'd feel? What did you do wrong exactly?

About the Author

Paul is a technologist and all around nice guy for technology oriented organizations and parties. Besides maintaining this blog and website you can follow Paul's particular pontifications on the Life Universe and Everything on Twitter.


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