My name is Ian Effendi, an interactive software developer from The Bronx, New York. I am currently finishing up my degree in Game Design and Development at the School for Interactive Games and Media, a college at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
I have a general enthusiasm when it comes to software development, but, I have a lifelong, visceral infatuation with learning. I love to learn; the biggest challenge is scheduling enough time in my day to keep up with all of the subjects that hold my interest.
And trust me, there are a lot of them.
There is a lot of good information available on the internet, much of it free to access for the general user. I hope to contribute to that pool of knowledge, whenever and however I can.
Much of my work is built upon the philosophy of open source culture: it goes beyond software development, alone. As a developer of color, it is imperative that the work I do remains free to access for those looking for representation within any technology industry.
I am by no means the only developer who believes that technology is inherently political. There are collectives, such as Dark Inquiry, that serve to challenge and expose, “the anti-human logic of dominant technological power, and demonstrate the possibilities beyond it.”
In 1793, the following statement appeared in a volume issued by the French National Convention:
Ils doivent envisager qu’une grande responsabilité est la suite inséparable d’un grand pouvoir.
English translation: They must consider that great responsibility follows inseparably from great power.
What happens when a social media platform serving billions of people has trouble distinguishing between real and fake news? Why are accessibility options in video games unusually sparce?
In an article making the case that Software Is Politics, Richard Pope writes, “that power is mutable,” changing over time - and, “that politics is about the distribution of power in society.” You can read more about Pope’s case for designing accountable software here.
I find myself revisiting Pope’s interpretation of conscious software development:
Software needs to be understandable, accountable, trusted, and easy to use.
This is what guides my work, and, it’s important to talk about!
If you want to get in touch with me, please send me an email at this address.