Sneak peak of my book, Design for Safety
It has a name, a cover, and a foreword writer I'm incredibly excited about
It’s been a while since my last newsletter - that’s because I’ve been incredibly busy finishing the writing and editing of my book as well as recovering from my fourth round of IVF being a complete fail (that sucked). But now I’m feeling better and am VERY excited to be back here and sharing these updates with you! I have so many exciting pieces of news. I’m sharing them with my Patrons and with all of you first, because the subscribers to this newsletter are amazing people and are true champions of this work, so I wanted to give you a sneak peak first.
First off, my book is officially written. The words are there, the revisions are finished, and my editor gently pried the draft out of my hands after I tried to shoehorn a totally new section about Apple AirTags into the draft when it was way too late for brand new content (you can read this article, which references a twitter rant I wrote about the topic, to learn about AirTags and all the danger they pose). My book has a title: Design for Safety. I love it - simple and straight-forward. It’s a book that will teach you about the myriad of ways people weaponize tech for interpersonal harm against those closest to them. It covers how tech is used by abusers for intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and the over-surveillance of children. And it’ll teach you how to combat that weaponization with a very specific strategy and lots of details about implementing that strategy in your own design practice and workplace. I’m really proud of those specifics. It’s easy to point out problems but much harder (for me at least) to figure out how to fix them within our current broken system, but I think this book is a great start when it comes to doing that work.
Second, it has a launch date! On Tuesday, August 3rd, the book will be in the hands of actual readers. I can hardly wait! Preorders will open a month beforehand. I’ll share that link in a newsletter at that time.
Third, it has a cover, and there’s a name on there with mine I’m REALLY excited about. I reached out to her about possibly writing the foreword knowing it was a long shot, but wanting to try anyway. She’s been a hero of mine for many years as someone truly living her values in her work and applying her brilliance to transforming tech into a more ethical industry. If you’re involved in open source, you’ve likely come across the Contributor Covenant, a code of conduct for open source projects she wrote in 2014 and which has been adopted by over 100,000 open source projects. More recently, during the No Tech for ICE movement, she created the Hippocratic License, a license open source developers can incorporate into their projects to help ensure their code cannot be used for tech that violates human rights. I’m so freaking jazzed to have none other than Coraline Ehmke on the cover with me as Design for Safety’s foreword writer.
Stay tuned for more updates, including a preview of some of the actual content. I’m so proud of this book - it’s a classic A Book Apart book in that it’s short, readable, and engaging (their editors are truly amazing at honing the writing of someone who tend to be longwinded like me). We’ve worked really hard to make every single section relevant and interesting. I think it turned out pretty dang good. And I can’t wait to share some select sections here in this newsletter soon!