The internet is for whomever!
The internet is open for almost anyone to use. Computers are available at local libraries and, once you’ve established a connection, a browser is all it takes to have access to as much of the web as the computer can handle. Openness spurns creativity and it allows everyone to get in on the action and transaction and creation through the internet.
Open source code and open resources, ones that are freely available, exist to allow others to proliferate what they know. This can come in many forms, such as forums for how to troubleshoot a computer issue, reading customer reviews of products and services, and YouTube videos that show you how to fix a car issue.
Making your resources more open can help people find solutions to a problem you’ve encountered. It can foster collaborations across international lines. You could educate people who will be the people you innovate with in the future, and it can make a better internet for the future. This could be through informational videos, GitHub, or even articles on a platform like Medium.
Brad Frost’s advice on openness from his TEDxTalk is: “Work Hard. Don’t Be An Asshole. Share What You Know.” With that advice in mind we can keep the internet an open place for anyone and everyone.
Accessibility keeps the internet open for anybody, regardless of disability. This can open the doors for more people to access your content, and can even make it easier for people without disabilities to engage with your content. Things like increasing your font size may have people with visual disabilities in mind, but could just make your work easier for anyone to read, and having alternative text for blind internet users could also help those who are less visually impaired or don’t understand the context of the image. Research shows that accessible websites have more engagement. Twitter itself has adopted a lot of accessibility options like alt text that allow for image descriptions, and is one of the most popular social media platforms, and continues to grow internationally.
There are many resources for making your websites accessible, such as W3C, or using header-identified text blocks, or even image descriptions like mentioned earlier. Following ADA guidelines can also help with making an accessible platform and accessible materials, as well as following the guidelines of major companies and other website design philosophies that incorporate accessibility.