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.
- 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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