This excellent post really helps break down the danger posed to a WordPress community that has its head buried in the sand when it comes to regulation and the future of the internet. There are forces at play around the world, in the name of privacy, “online harms” or national security that are going to exercise their power on the players that power the internet and this very much includes WordPress. While many WordPress site owners consider themselves immune from such regulation the reality is quite different and will catch many by surprise. The WordPress project, therefore, needs to quit pretending it is apolitical and take its seat at the table helping craft these laws to protect the smaller sites and users that use WordPress and more.
The following quote here really stuck out to me:
“This week, a lot of people were dangerously bad at their jobs and a threat to others.
They failed to understand the political implications of a bad-faith abuse of their systems; they failed to recognise a bad-faith abuse in the first place; they processed the situation through an American worldview which was completely irrelevant to the situation; in doing so, they created a timewasting argument about the wrong problem; they caused real unnecessary hurt to people who are the active targets for genocide”
While this quote was referring to the very visible war in Ukraine, how often has this problem manifested itself in more subtle ways such as in abuse to marginalized groups or the silencing of voices that could make a difference in the world. These are questions the WordPress community need to address. The stakes of not doing so will, otherwise, be the downfall of us all.