Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?

Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For? (

Tech employees concerned their products are being deployed for government surveillance or censorship are increasingly asking their employers how the technology is being used.

Kate Conger and Cade Metz in the NY Times:

Across the technology industry, rank-and-file employees are demanding greater insight into how their companies are deploying the technology that they built. At Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce, as well as at tech start-ups, engineers and technologists are increasingly asking whether the products they are working on are being used for surveillance in places like China or for military projects in the United States or elsewhere.


All of this has led to growing tensions between tech employees and managers. In recent months, workers at Google, Microsoft and Amazon have signed petitions and protested to executives over how some of the technology they helped create is being used. At smaller companies, engineers have begun asking more questions about ethics.

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