Write a list of things you would never do. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will do them. —Sarah Kendzior [1]

Our pledge

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:

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Signatories’ references to affiliated organizations below are for identification purposes and are not intended to imply an endorsement by the organization.


How to participate

The response to this pledge has been much larger than we expected; thank you for your support!

We do our best to verify every signature that appears on this page. It requires a great deal of human effort to verify thousands of signatures, so we stopped accepting new signatures for manual verification at noon PST Dec 21, after accepting signatures for 8 days. We are still processing a large backlog of submitted signatures, so the number of signatures on this page will continue to increase, but we are no longer accepting new signatures.

Even though we are no longer accepting new signatures to show on this page, you can still sign the pledge or take action in many ways. Learn more about what you can do.


  1. From We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump by Sarah Kendzior