Tech is no stranger to controversy.
But in a time when the internet is being regulated and the internet of things is on the verge of widespread adoption, the tech writer is one of the most talked about, debated, and scrutinized figures in the country.
The tech industry, which has become so large that the U.S. has a GDP of over $4.2 trillion, has become an industry that, despite its popularity, is underrepresented in the U, the country with the highest concentration of tech workers.
The industry’s diversity is one reason the tech writers have such an important role in shaping the tech industry as a whole.
“The tech writer’s voice is a crucial voice for our democracy,” said Caitlin Moran, a tech journalist and founder of the Center for Public Integrity, which published the book Tech Writers on Fire: How the Tech Industry Helps Shape Our Democracy.
“It is critical to understanding the tech world and our political system.”
Tech Writers are also critical of the political establishment.
“If you want to know who is really going to be running the country in the next four years, I don’t know who would be more popular,” said Jason Zengerle, an editor for BuzzFeed and co-author of the book The Hacker News Revolution.
“They have no idea what they’re doing and no one cares.”
Tech writers are critical of Trump, the Republican party, and the Republican Party platform.
In fact, Trump has been critical of tech writers.
“I’m not saying Donald Trump is the greatest tech writer ever, but he has been the most outspoken and vocal about it,” said Zengerl.
“There are a lot of writers who are not even writing about tech that are not in any way aligned with the Republican establishment.”
A few notable tech writers who have remained outspoken about tech include: John Cook, founder of Reddit, a social media platform that gained notoriety during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cook wrote an article for The Atlantic titled “Trump Is Going To Change Everything,” arguing that the president’s agenda would benefit the tech sector.
“Tech is a great thing.
It will allow us to have more access to information, and more opportunity for the poor and unemployed, and other people who might otherwise not have access to the internet,” he wrote.
“But it also means that we have the chance to create and foster an economy that is not beholden to the rich and powerful.
We are, and we must remain, the innovators, the creators, and makers of the next century.”
On Tuesday, Cook and his team at Reddit, along with a number of other tech journalists, were fired from their jobs over their article.
“We’ve seen the backlash and anger against this piece and it has been clear that the vast majority of our readers, who support the platform and the culture, don’t want us to stay,” said Cook in a statement.
“While we respect the decision of the CEO and other members of the team, we believe this has been a bad move that could potentially hurt the platform’s growth.”
The Washington Post’s Josh Gerstein also wrote an opinion piece for the paper saying that Cook’s firing was “an affront to our principles as a news organization.”
“It’s a shame that a talented young journalist who has made the world a better place through her writing, had her name attached to a piece that could have helped bring a positive spin to the most divisive campaign in American history, was forced to make this decision,” said Gerstein in a post on Medium.
“This is the second time in as many months that a high-profile journalist has been let go by The Washington Times for speaking out about issues of public importance, as well as a prominent tech writer whose reputation and credibility is on an uncertain trajectory.”
In August, New York Times tech reporter Emily Nussbaum resigned after a post she wrote about Trump’s plan to ban transgender people from serving in the military made headlines.
Nussmeier said she would “continue to serve as a journalist, but as I said in my resignation, I will not be complicit in a culture of hate and intolerance that seeks to silence and silence those who speak out against the intolerant and hateful politics of the Trump administration.”
Tech writer and blogger Jessica Livingston, who was fired from her job at the Times after writing about the opioid crisis, has since published a book called The End of Silence: Why We Need a Reassessment of the Culture of Silence that aims to provide answers to some of the questions that have been raised by the opioid epidemic.
“As a reporter and as a human being, the first and most important responsibility is to tell the truth and to tell it as well,” she said in a recent Medium post.
“That’s why I’m going to continue to write about technology and politics as a way to bring people together.”
Laura D. Leonnig is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the author of the forthcoming book America’s Tech