Building the Woke Web: Accessibility and Social Justice

We’re all increasingly aware that ‘ethics in tech’ is a problem. What does this mean in our day to day practices? On a business level, codes of conduct as well as legal and professional accountability are becoming increasingly important. In terms of social justice, we should be working towards a woke web: a web that accounts for the differences between us all as much as our similarities. A web that’s accessible regardless of your age, gender, sexuality, disability, race… You get the idea.

Accessible web practices - meaning here ways of building the web that allow those with impairments and disabilities to use it - might not seem like the coolest way to bring your activism to the internet, but it’s vital to having a web that works for us all.

In this talk, you’ll learn how transphobia, sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, ageism and other types of discrimination are echoed and intersect on the web, locking some of the most vulnerable people out of essential services, fun activities and vital information, and what you can do to help make the web a woker place.


Olu is a software engineer at the BBC. They love podcasts, productivity apps, bubble tea, Javascript and lists.