Ever since our founding in 2012, Ethics In Technology has been an active advocate for ethics and human rights in the tech industry. We’re thrilled to announce that we are now a 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated as always to fostering engagement, education and activism in service of a more just and ethical technology industry — and wider world.
Based in San Francisco, EIT was founded by author, activist, entrepreneur and former Amazon Web Services senior manager Vahid Razavi, who is the author of two books, The Age of Nepotism and the recently-released Ethics In Tech And Lack Thereof – Sleeping Under The Cell Tower (click here for FREE download — no email required). Razavi’s latest work is about his personal journey from Iranian immigrant to tech entrepreneur to AWS manager. Like Razazvi, the reader quickly comes to understand that, like so many corporations, Amazon is willing to do just about anything — including partnering with a company that sent people to be tortured at secret US black sites — to expand its business and boost its bottom line.
We know Amazon and so many other tech companies and industry actors can do so much better. To that end, EIT’s work focuses on five main areas of public interest:
- Equality in Tech
- Employer-Employee Relations
- Environmental Impact of Technology
- Privacy & Civil Liberties
- Artificial Intelligence
Our news and events will focus on these five core issues as well as other areas of concern. We seek to engage, educate and empower all who strive for a more ethical industry, society and planet. In the past, we’ve done everything from launch protests to host comedy shows in order to raise awareness and affect change. In the near future, we’ll be holding a series of Bay Area events combining activism, education and yes, comedy, as we forge ahead toward our vision of a more ethical world. We hope you’ll join us! As Razavi writes in Ethics In Tech And Lack Thereof – Sleeping Under The Cell Tower:
When all of us involved in tech — whether we be employees, consumers, partners or other stakeholders — raise our voices against unethical policies and actions and for more ethical behavior, positive change becomes not only possible today but also tomorrow’s best practices. It is my humble hope that this book will serve to gently push tech toward that better future.