Tech people keep working on the tools for a Muslim registry
Tech people! Hello. Are you prepared to have the conversation?
You know, the one about how your company makes money and how technology you've already built can be bent to serve a national registry of Muslims.
If you're not on board with building a racial and religious profiling registry, are you prepared to lose your tech job over it?
Allen Tan's asking on Twitter. He's a designer at the New York Times.
Tech people have been declaring they'd never work on a registry of the sort PEOTUS Trump's campaign has called for.
But that horse has left the barn. Meanwhile, techies continue working on the very tools that will be used in such a registry: social networks, ad tech, analytics.
He goes on to ask, if you start scrubbing or corrupting data, which is an actual contribution you can make to "not-building a Muslim registry," are you also prepared for how that affects your company's money making?
It might cost you your job.
DON’T FORGET that Zuckerberg justified building censoring tools in FB for China, with ‘it’s better to be part of the convo than not at all’— Allen Tan (@tealtan) December 14, 2016
Tan suggests a role model for today's tech people: a librarian who understood the danger of allowing patrons to be easily linked to the books they were reading.
Images: Allen Tan @tealtan on Twitter