About Kin Lane
My name is Kin Lane. I am a writer, storyteller, and forever recovering technologist. If you've heard of my name before, you probably know me as the API Evangelist, covering the technology, business, and politics of APIs. I am also the Chief Evangelist at Postman, helping shape the narrative of what the modern API life cycle looks like, and how one of the most beloved developer tools out there helps you be more successful in your API journey.
While my day job is definitely technology focused, my passion is studying the impact of technology on the world around us, then writing and sharing stories about what I'm seeing. I've grown increasingly skeptical regarding the impact that Internet technology, and specifically the web has on our lives, and it is something I feel compelled to write about and explore. It's no secret that I'm very critical of how technology gets used, and the damage it leaves in it's wake it when fueled blindly by venture capital. However, I have also spent many years drinking the Kool-aid, and I have been very complicit in this game, whch is something I work to reconcile in my storytelling.
While I thoroughly enjoy writing, I'm having to work hard to find a new voice after being the API Evangelist for so long. I still enjoy capturing the world using my drones, and evolution of my Drone Recovery project. I also enjoy taking photos with my multi[le cameras, and apply algorithmic filters to them using machine learning models--using them in my storytelling across my blogs. While videos and photos tell a lot about the world around us, I feel that algorithmically distorted images speak volumes about the world we are experiencing today.
Another passion of mine throughout my career has been helping government and non-profit organizations understand the world of technology, resulting in me working for the Obama administration in 2013, and more recently helping the European Comission with their API strategy across EU member states. I've alwy worked to channel this energy and applied it to the Open Referral 211 standard for helping cities make their health and human services more accessible, and I am also very interested in the 311, 511, and other standards that help make our cities more livable, and accessible to all citizens.
APIs are behind everything today. That is no exageration. They are behind the web and the the mobile devices that have become ubiquitous in our lives. They are behind everyday devices and appliances in our homes as well as our automobiles. APIs are impacting politics, and influencing our personal and professional lives on a daily basis. It is critical that we stay aware of how APIs are wielded by companies, organizations, institutions, and government agencies, otherwise we will never fully be able to keep up with the pace of technology--leaving us helpless when it comes to making the change we want to see in the world, making it much more difficult to maintain the upper hand when it comes to ensuring technology serves us, rather than the other way around.
Thanks, Kin Lane.