Human Rights Organizers Encourage Employees to Blow the Whistle on Unethical Tech

Posted February 19, 2019, 11:40 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19th, 2019
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

New SpeakOut.Tech campaign asks employees to keep shedding light on Silicon Valley’s shady side. Organizers are crowdfunding ads using big tech’s own platforms to target their employees with whistleblower information

Today, Fight for the Future launched a website and video ad campaign that directly calls on employees of big tech companies to blow the whistle on unethical uses of technology. This campaign comes as a response to the increasing number of tech employees organizing and calling out their companies for powering human rights abuses. Organizers are also crowdfunding to run ads, using Silicon Valley’s own platforms to micro-target employees of the biggest tech companies.

Hundreds of tech workers expose corruption and abuses of power by Silicon Valley companies. When big tech companies like Google bid on government surveillance contracts or when Salesforce provided the technical foundation for the violation of human rights, tech employees were not letting them get away with it. Employees speaking out have led to urgent and important national debates about privacy & race, immigration, and government contracts.

The SpeakOut.Tech campaign features:

  • Resources for employees choosing to shed light on unethical tech
  • Direct links to SecureDrop whistleblowing platforms  
  • A compelling video that speaks directly to tech workers and calls on them to be the first line of defense against unethical uses of technology
  • A crowdfunding effort to run ads micro-targeted to reach employees at the biggest tech companies