A Noiseless, Patient Spider

by Walt Whitman

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

Our Story

Ben has lived and breathed technology for the past 12 years since he left college for his first job at Google. He has seen all the wonderful things that came from technology and the sheer abundance of valuable information available to everyone, everywhere.

He has also seen some of the excesses of technology. He worked on the advertising data sharing infrastructure at Google, Policy and fraud at Twitter, Google's Ad Exchange and their response to GDPR. He has been addicted to his smart phone and seen surveillance by government and corporations rise to a concerning level.

Inspired by Walt Whitman's perfect description of reaching out for connection over vast spaces, Ben enlisted the help of a noiseless, patient spider and started this blog to explore how we can thrive on the world wide web.

Meet the Team



Literal Web Developer

Gus is generally quiet about his life, but he certainly loves exploring the web, and illustrating important concepts.

Gus loves coffee, and can be a little snobby about it, if we're being honest.



Ben Clark

Blogger, Speaker, Consultant

Ben is a consultant working with businesses of all sizes on their privacy and ethical advertising strategies.

Previously, Ben was the Global Strategy Lead for Google's Authorized Buyers program. He also worked on Google's Data Platform and Twitter's MoPub ad exchange on policy, fraud and new product commercialization.

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