Technologists have power and can build things used for tremendous good. But when abused, technology can also cause massive harm. Does the product you’re building have the ability to unfairly target communities of color, endanger families seeking asylum, or expose survivors of abuse? We need tech workers to remain vigilant and speak out about the projects they are working on and those project’s impact.
When you expose corruption and abuses of power it makes the world a better place. Employees speaking out have not only led to urgent and important national debates about privacy & race, immigration, government contracts, and workplace harassment, but have actually stopped tech companies from engaging in unethical uses of technology.
We know that whistleblowing works, but unveiling the truth can also come with risks. To make sure that taking action is done in the safest way consider these three steps:
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Tech workers are the first line of defense against unethical and inhumane uses of technology. The world is counting on you. If you know your company is building or selling tech that enables human rights abuses, bring that information to the public.
There are anonymous ways to release that information to the public for the greater good. Many organizations operate their own secure whistleblowing tool called Secure Drop, developed by Freedom of the Press. SecureDrop is an anonymous submission tool that uses strong encryption and a Tor network to gather information.
Here’s a list of a few organizations that welcome anonymous whistleblowers:
Visit SecureDrop’s directory to see all organizations and publications that use SecureDrop to safely gather information
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