I will check out the IEEE link.
I agree there, I think if all this was discussed with the next generation as in today’s Children / Teens / Young people, they would perhaps related to the damage that addiction and control does, perhaps this pledge can help the next generation of developers consider what they are writing. They are intelligent enough to do that, just end up being influenced by the wrong people perhaps.
With the fediverse the ground work for what is a better system is there, ok not perfect but it is a building block, this years Libreplanet had some good keynotes by young people who are really driven by free software.
I am guessing it links in to the previous pledge statement, which was discussed earlier
“to always put humans before business, and to stand up against pressure to do otherwise, even at my own risk.”
Too many adults seem to think nothing will change, things are what they are, we need to throw them to one side and say we can change things for the better and give the power to the right people to bring about change through their actions.
We are here (well on the fediverse), which is proof there is another way to do social media,