The Tech Pledge

Code of Ethics for technology makers. Tech has fundamentally changed our world. Where we go from here is up to us. Are you a maker, a creator of technology? Commit to human centered tech and continuous reflection on the impact of your work. Sign the TechPledge!

The Tech Pledge was co-created by 150 people from across the globe working tech, who took part in a 24-hour think tank during Copenhagen’s Techfestival in September 2019. Both were initiated by Thomas Madsen-Mygdal and supported by Omidyar Network and the Danish Industry Foundation.

I understand that for my good intentions to actually matter, I must make myself accountable to my community.
I commit…

  • to take responsibility for what I create.
  • to only help create things I would want my loved ones to use.
  • to pause to consider all consequences of my work, intended as well as unintended.
  • to invite and act on criticism, even when it is painful.
  • to ask for help when I am uncertain if my work serves my community.
  • to always put humans before business, and to stand up against pressure to do otherwise, even at my own risk.
  • to never tolerate design for addiction, deception or control.
  • to help others understand and discuss the power and challenges of technology
  • to participate in the democratic process of regulating technology, even though it is difficult.
  • to fight for democracy and human rights, and to improve the institutions that protect them.
  • to work towards a more equal, inclusive and sustainable future for us all, following the United Nations global goals.
  • to always take care of what I start, and to fix what we break.

I take this pledge as an individual working to make tech a force for good in society, and I will challenge everyone I work with to do the same.

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