Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Last month, @CBS Bay Area wrote about Silicon Valley’s Jonathan Hart (@jonathanhartsf), lead mobile engineer for Idle Games, who hacked into the Burning Man servers to snag tickets ahead of the 80,000 people waiting in line – then tweeted about it leading to some 200 more of similar morality doing the same.
Navigated @Ticketfly’s completely hosed web servers and crawled out with 2 @burningman tickets… woohooo!
— Jonathan Hart (@jonathanhartsf) February 18, 2015
Francisco Dao, a Los Angles-based Venture Beat columnist and Founder of SEAL CAMP and 50Kings, posted about the hacking of Ticketfly on Facebook. When I commented,
[the hackers] are the equivalent of looters walking through a broken window in Ticketfly’s business. – me
Francisco pointed to the “new morality” pervasive in Silicon Valley.
In the “new morality” it’s not cheating or cutting in line. It’s “hacking Burning Man!” – Francisco Dao
Or has technology simply made immoral acts more accessible and easier to do?
Is technology empowering people who would ordinarily not commit immoral acts to do so “with a click” and digital impunity?
Is technologically-facilitated morality akin to the person, who would never take an apple from a farmer’s market bin, pulling an apple from a tree if presented with an open gate at the edge of the same farmer’s orchard…
Consider Fiverr, an Israeli company funded with $50,000,000 from Silicon Valley’s Accel Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners. Fiverr is a marketplace that provides access to creative and professional services.
Fiverr has extended the “new morality” to “cheating” in school. Cheating on schoolwork is now a “Top Gig” at Fiverr – for just a click and a mere $5.
Today’s “This Week’s Top Gigs” e-mail from Fiverr was devoted to outsourcing homework, tests, and exams.
Who does this? Parents for their kids? Adults for themselves?
Is this evidence of a “new morality” in Silicon Valley?
And why target me with this ad? Does Fiverr think I would pay someone to do my kids’ homework or take their tests – or do the same for myself – because I live in Silicon Valley?