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Most industries have had what we might call an oh-no moment. It's those moments that encourage industries to become better regulated, in order to prevent further disasters. The IT industry has had many moments that could be considered consequential enough to encourage better regulation, but the changes have never been made. Because the industry has avoided effective regulation for so long, it is possible that we are hurtling towards a disaster of epic proportions, one that we haven't even managed to conceive of yet.

In this talk, I will go through some historical examples of disasters leading to regulation in other industries, and the measures that were put into place to mitigate the problem. I will also address some of the major moments from the IT industry that should have prompted regulation, and haven't. Finally, I will discuss ways that documentation professionals are uniquely placed to identify, and potentially blow the whistle on, potential disasters before they happen.

  • Conference: Write the Docs Australia
  • Year: 2018

About the speaker

Lana Brindley