As part of the Techfestival last week, the Copenhagen 150, which this time included me, came together to write a pledge for individual technologists and makers to commit their professional lives to. A bit like a Hippocratic oath, but for creators of all tech. Following up on the Copenhagen Letter, which was a signal, a letter of intent, and the Copenhagen Catalog which provide ‘white patterns’ for tech makers, this years Tech Pledge makes it even more personal.
- 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 signed the pledge. I hope you will do to. If you have questions about what this means in practical ways, I’m happy to help you translate it to your practice. A first step likely is figuring out which questions to ask of yourself at the start of something new. In the coming days I plan to blog more from my notes on Techfestival and those postings will say more about various aspects of this. You are also still welcome to sign the Copenhagen Letter, as well as individual elements of the Copenhagen Catalog.