Maciej Ceglowski is the founder and sole employee of Pinboard, a personal web archive and bookmarking site with an emphasis on user privacy. He's been an outspoken advocate the decentralized, open web as a counterweight to the excesses of Silicon Valley startup culture.
Before founding Pinboard in 2009, Ceglowski worked as an engineer at a variety of tech companies, most notably Yahoo. He lives and works in San Francisco.
This talk surveys the global bloat landscape and discusses effective strategies for keeping sites bloated in the face of rapid technical progress. It also examines the exciting prospects for bloat in the Internet of Things, the many synergies between bloat and online advertising, and the innovative role bloat has played as a political weapon in the 2016 US election. We end with a meditation on the metaphysics of bloat. Why do smart, well-meaning designers converge on outcomes everybody hates? Why does bloat always catch us by surprise? And is there any way to break the dynamic?