Write a list of things you would never do. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will do them. —Sarah Kendzior 
We, the undersigned, are employees of tech organizations and companies based in the United States. We are engineers, designers, business executives, and others whose jobs include managing or processing data about people. We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies. We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable.
We have educated ourselves on the history of threats like these, and on the roles that technology and technologists played in carrying them out. We see how IBM collaborated to digitize and streamline the Holocaust, contributing to the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others. We recall the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War. We recognize that mass deportations precipitated the very atrocity the word genocide was created to describe: the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey. We acknowledge that genocides are not merely a relic of the distant past—among others, Tutsi Rwandans and Bosnian Muslims have been victims in our lifetimes.
Today we stand together to say: not on our watch, and never again.
We commit to the following actions:
- We refuse to participate in the creation of databases of identifying information for the United States government to target individuals based on race, religion, or national origin.
- We will advocate within our organizations:
- to minimize the collection and retention of data that would facilitate ethnic or religious targeting.
- to scale back existing datasets with unnecessary racial, ethnic, and national origin data.
- to responsibly destroy high-risk datasets and backups.
- to implement security and privacy best practices, in particular, for end-to-end encryption to be the default wherever possible.
- to demand appropriate legal process should the government request that we turn over user data collected by our organization, even in small amounts.
- If we discover misuse of data that we consider illegal or unethical in our organizations:
- We will work with our colleagues and leaders to correct it.
- If we cannot stop these practices, we will exercise our rights and responsibilities to speak out publicly and engage in responsible whistleblowing without endangering users.
- If we have the authority to do so, we will use all available legal defenses to stop these practices.
- If we do not have such authority, and our organizations force us to engage in such misuse, we will resign from our positions rather than comply.
- We will raise awareness and ask critical questions about the responsible and fair use of data and algorithms beyond our organization and our industry.
Note: Signatories’ references to affiliated organizations below are for identification purposes and are not intended to imply an endorsement by the organization.
Aaron Becker, GoogleAaron BrethorstAaron Couch, DKANAaron Cowdin, DevOps, PrensenceLearning, Inc.Aaron Crespo, Engineer, third generation holocaust survivorAaron Gee-CloughAaron Kraus, Reciprocity, Inc.Aaron L. Sullivan, Software DeveloperAaron Petcoff, The New YorkerAaron Ringgenberg, DevOps Engineer, PatreonAaron Smith, DevOps Engineer, Civis AnalyticsAbbas Manjee, Chief Academic Officer, KiddomAdam AlpernAdam Bender, Senior Software Engineer, GoogleAdam C. Foltzer, GaloisAdam Glasgall, AkamaiAdam Harvey, New RelicAdam Herzog, TriforkAdam Jones, Director of Technology Nerdery ChicagoAdam Thomason, FastlyAdam Wright, Branch MetricsAdarsh Jupudi, Cloud Architect, DatacomAditya Naik, Android DeveloperAdnan Alam, IT @ GitHubAhmed SharafAidan Fitzgerald, Cornell UniversityAki Rose Braun, Programmer, PayPal/VenmoAkil Harris, First Look MediaAkiva LeffertAlaina Hardie, Singularity University, Precision NutritionAlan McConchie, Stamen DesignAlana Hanson, Leapfrog OnlineAlbert Bodenhamer, Engineering Manager for Chrome OS UI, GoogleAlberto BurlacuAlec PerkinsAlek Dembowski, Software Engineer, GoogleAlesandro Ortiz, Software EngineerAlex Baldwin, PonchoAlex Broque, Sr. Network Engineer, Hurricane ElectricAlex Cook, Software Engineer (Part-time Thought Leader)Alex Jarvis, DeveloperAlex Rudnick, software engineer, GoogleAlexandra Hrefna HilmisdóttirAlexandra Savas, Product Marketing ManagerAlexis Christoforides, MicrosoftAlfred Ababio, Software EngineerAli AfsharAlice Boxhall, Software Engineer, GoogleAlice Rhomieux, Software Engineer, GoogleAlison Buki, Developer/DesignerAlison Hodges, Founder, Erlea Documentation ProfessionalsAllele Dev, SimpleAllen Lai, PlaidAllison Clift-Jennings, CEO, FilamentAlyssa Kwan, Analytics Engineering Lead, Clara LendingAlyssa Wright, President of OpenStreetMap US and Vice President of Partnerships at MapzenAmanda RobinsonAmber Yust, GoogleAmbrose Bonnaire-SergeantAmelia Abreu, UX Night SchoolAmy FarrellAndreas Fuchs, StripeAndreia Gaita, GitHubAndrew Aldridge, Software Engineer, MongoDB, Inc.Andrew Aude, Software EngineerAndrew Bennett, VHLAndrew Bloomgarden, Lead Software Engineer, New RelicAndrew Bogott, Wikimedia FoundationAndrew Bonventre, GoogleAndrew CassidyAndrew Cheung, Signal SciencesAndrew Dunham, StripeAndrew Green, Creator of NetPhoneAndrew Huang, XeroAndrew Losowsky, The Coral ProjectAndrew LoveAndrew Michaud, QuantcastAndrew Staples, SugarCRMAndrey PetrovAndy Bartholomew, Software EngineerAndy Bursavich, Software Engineer, GoogleAndy CarraAndy Gocke, MicrosoftAndy Sternberg, Rotary InternationalAndy TinkhamAndy Westmoreland, Developer at Elevator UpAneel Nazareth, Software EngineerAngela Gunn, incident response, BAE Systems Applied IntelligenceAnil Dash, Fog Creek SoftwareAnna BrozekAnnie McCanceAnnie Tuan, Mobile Software EngineerAnthony ButlerAnthony Martinez, TwitterAntoine Leblanc, SRE, GoogleAnton JohanssonAnu RaoAram Zucker-Scharff, Full Stack Engineer, Salon Media GroupAria Stewart, npm IncAristotle ManolakosAron AdlerArthur RichardsArun Ganesh, Map Analyst, MapboxAsher CohenAsher LangtonAsumu Takikawa, IgaliaAudrey Eschright, Recompiler MediaAvi ZajacAyelet Bitton, SWE, LyftBarbara Shaurette, Software DeveloperBard Luippold, Sr. Product Manager, AmazonBart Teeuwisse, GoogleBeatrice Huang, Software EngineerBen Alkov, TechnologistBen Coburn, Software EngineerBen CohenBen Ford, Principal Training Solutions EngineerBen Jones, Engineering Lead/Manager, TapjoyBen Kraft, Khan AcademyBen Lambert, IBM WatsonBen Marx, thedatabank, gbcBen Matasar, Civil CommentsBen Mendis, Software Engineer, Novetta SolutionsBen Paul, Product Analyst, EdmodoBen Steinberg, DevOps Engineer, Harvard UniversityBen TarnoffBen Wiedermann, Harvey Mudd CollegeBen WilliamsonBen Wood, AutodeskBenjamin Esham, EllucianBenjamin Melançon, AgaricBenjamin Rahn, StripeBenjamin SchwartzBenjamin Sternthal, Web Development Manager, MozillaBenjamin StockwellBertrand Fan, Staff Engineer, SlackBill Fitzgerald, Privacy and open content advocateBill Nottingham, Red HatBion JohnsonBion Johnson, Software Engineer, Citizen CodeBlain SmithBlake Barrett, CTO PitchlyBob Powell, Software Engineer, Digital AnarchyBob SchaeferBojan Rajković, MicrosoftBrad Buchanan, Code.orgBrad FairBrad GreenleeBradley Snider, EsriBrady O’ConnellBrandon FaloonaBrandon IstenesBrendan Weibrecht, Ruby Developer, Swinburne Cyber Security ClubBrennen BearnesBret LoweryBrett HoutzBrian Ganninger, AtlassianBrian Geppert, metacodeBrian Jenkins, CTO, FoodCareBrian Keefer, Security Engineer, Proofpoint, Inc.Brian KungBrian Mastenbrook, AirStashBrian SchraderBrian T. Rice, Awake NetworksBrian Tarricone, Software DeveloperBrian Truebe, Trust & SafetyBriar Rose Schreiber, Software Engineer, Board Member of Stumptown SyndicateBridget KromhoutBritton WatkinsBrook Shelley, Senior Developer Relations Engineer, Turbine LabsBruce Bennett, Senior Technical Writer, AvidBryan Deloeste, Software Engineer, Intelex TechnologiesBryan Naegele, IntegrityBryce Alexander LynchBuster ’Silver Eagle’ NeeceBuzz Andersen, Brooklyn Computer ClubCJ Coffey, Software Engineer, TVACaitlin Cooke, Nava Public Benefit CorporationCaleb ThompsonCalvin Ashmore, GoogleCam Hunt, CTO, ListenCarl Johnson, Senior Software Engineer, Ad Hoc LLCCarl ManasterCarmen Andoh, Travis CICarol Hansen, MapboxCarolyn AnhaltCasey Dentinger, Wikimedia FoundationCasey DunhamCasey Monroe, Toyota Motor SalesCassandra Cruz, Software Engineer, MavenlinkCelia La, Khan AcademyCem Unsal, Ph.D., EECesar TardaguilaCharles LanahanCharlie Park, SlackChase Tingley, Spartan Software, Inc.Chip Locke, Software Engineer, MicrosoftChris BraiottaChris Corcoran, Technical Lead, TwilioChris Palmer, Security EngineerChris PickardChris Radcliff, Return PathChris RuppelChris ShortChris WetherellChristian HeilmannChristian Monaghan, Cofounder, Nava PBCChristian R. Vozar, XumaK, Rogue EthicChristine DodrillChristine SublettChristine Sun, Software EngineerChristopher Allan WebberChristopher Buecheler, Founder, CloseBraceChristopher De Vries, HindsaitChristopher VermilionChristopher Whitaker, Chi Hack NightChuck McCorveyChuck Wolber, Software EngineerCindy JeffersClinton Cecil, Software Engineer, PrimexClinton DreisbachClinton Mielke, Founder, Infino.MeCody Brocious, Optiv SecurityCody Russell, MicrosoftColby Aley, Software Engineer, ReflectColby Walburn, Sr. Software EngineerColin DabritzColin Kelley, CTO, InvocaCollin SparksConrad MeyerConrad Rushing, VP Engineering, SplashCoraline Ada EhmkeCorey Csuhta, Some AssemblyCorey Farwell, Software EngineerCraig Chasseur, GoogleCristos Lianides-Chin, Anchor-Buoy SoftwareD. Knudsen, Technical Program Manager, AudibleD. Scott McDaniel, Technical Lead, Southern Poverty Law CenterDale Sheldon-HessDamien Neil, GoogleDamien Sorresso, Senior Software Engineer, Apple Inc.Dan Andreescu, Sr. Analytics Engineer, Wikimedia FoundationDan Auerbach, Application Developer, Scripps Institution of OceanographyDan Boger, GoogleDan Bornstein, Computer ProgrammerDan Collis-Puro, Lead Engineer, HerokuDan CopelandDan FujitaDan Kaminsky, Chief Scientist, White OpsDan Kurtz, Software DeveloperDan Lew, TrelloDan Phiffer, MapzenDan WoodDana DavidsenDana SniezkoDaniel Berrangé, Software Engineer, Red HatDaniel Doman, IBMDaniel Duan, Software Engineer, SquarespaceDaniel EspesetDaniel Gamble McAdam, Software Engineer, BazaarvoiceDaniel MilesDaniel RosensweigDaniel Sandoval, Human Experience DesignerDaniel TunkelangDanielle DunneDanielle JacksonDanielle Leong, Software Engineer, GitHubDanne Stayskal, Artificial Intelligence, Lifeboat Foundation; Cryptographer, March HareDannel JuradoDanny Glover, PlastiqDarci Wood, SalesforceDarren Vengroff, Chief Scientist, HestanDash Brittain, Software Engineer, AppleDave Mayo, Software Developer, Harvard UniversityDave Reid, LullabotDavid AdrianDavid Allen Fisher, Software Engineer
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