Tech CEOs Won’t Stand Up To Trump’s Bigotry – But Their Employees Will

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“We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally protected religious beliefs,” reads the pledge on neveragain.tech.

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Silicon Valley giants, so far, have been rather careful about publicly sharing their true opinion of Donald Trump.

However, their workers don’t seem to be as hesitant to call out the president-elect over his bigotry.

In fact, some technologists in Bay Area are taking preemptive measures to fight Trump if he ever tries to implement one of his most dreaded plans: a database for American Muslims and Muslim immigrants.

A group of engineers, designers and executives has vowed to never become a part of any data collection system that would target individuals based on their race or religion.

"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," reads an open letter posted at neveragain.tech.

"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."

The group has pledged “to responsibly destroy high-risk datasets and backups" and “to implement security and privacy best practices, in particular, for end-to-end encryption to be the default wherever possible.”

And if their employers try to misuse data, the signatories have vowed to resign their jobs.

"Many of us are driving similar discussions within our organizations, and with the pledge we are committing publicly to continue to raise concerns about the use of data within our organizations," Ka-Ping Yee, a software engineer who helped organize the tech initiative along with Leigh Honeywell, a security engineering manager at Slack, told CNNMoney.

The pledge comes around the same time technology titans from Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft etc. meet the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City.

Although it’s not yet clear if Trump plans to follow through his proposal to create a registry-based system for Muslims, his surrogates have not ruled out the possibility of such a database.

And despite the probable threat to personal freedoms via use of technology under the incoming administration, of all the big tech companies in the country, only Twitter has explicitly refused to help build Muslim registry for Trump.

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