Never Again pledge

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Never Again pledge
Website neveragain.tech
Users 2833 (as of 25 December 2016)
Launched 13 December 2016; 18 months ago (2016-12-13)

The Never Again pledge or NeverAgain.tech is a commitment by information technology workers to work against a United States government database identifying people by race, religion, or national origin, specifically in response to the Trump presidential campaign statements about creating a Muslim registry and deporting millions of illegal immigrants.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The pledge was placed online on December 13, 2016[1] and had gathered more than 1,300 technology worker signatures two days later,[6] including employees of Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Google, and Microsoft.[3][5] The online release was intended to anticipate the meeting of Silicon Valley executives with Trump on December 14.[2] The pledge grew out of a Bay Area Tech Solidarity meeting held by Maciej Ceglowski; the lead organizer of the pledge was Leigh Honeywell, with co-organizers Ka-Ping Yee and Valerie Aurora.[7] The name of the pledge refers to the historical use of IBM information technology in World War II to enable the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States and the Holocaust and use of Nazi concentration camps in Germany.[1]

Computerworld magazine wrote, and Aurora admitted, that the action of publicly signing the pledge could put tech workers at risk of losing their jobs, especially those with security clearances.[8] Inc. magazine wrote that before the Never Again pledge, only Twitter had stated that it would oppose a Muslim registry, but after the pledge, the list of such American technology companies grew to include Apple Inc., Facebook, Google, IBM, Lyft, Medium, Microsoft, Salesforce.com and Uber.[9] (Inc. maintains A Running List of Tech Companies That Have Pledged Not to Build a Muslim Registry.)

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  1. ^ a b c Larson, Selena (December 13, 2016). "Tech workers pledge to never help Trump build Muslim registry". CNN. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Stone, Zara (December 13, 2016). "'Never Again' Is Silicon Valley's Public Pledge To Refuse A Muslim Registry". Forbes. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Sharman, Jon (December 14, 2016). "Hundreds of Silicon Valley tech workers pledge not to build Donald Trump's Muslim registry". The Independent. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Price, Rob (December 14, 2016). "Hundreds of Silicon Valley engineers sign pledge not to build Muslim database". Business Insider. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Day, Matt (December 15, 2016). "Amazon, Microsoft workers sign 'never again' pledge to oppose Trump's call for Muslim registry". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Press Trust of India (December 16, 2016). "Amazon, Microsoft workers sign 'never again' pledge to oppose Trump's call for Muslim registry". Zee News. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  Also online as Press Trust of India (December 16, 2016). "Amazon,Microsoft workers join pledge to oppose Muslim registry". The Economic Times. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "neveragain.tech About page". 13 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Thibodeau, Patrick (December 15, 2016). "Despite risk, 1,000 in tech pledge not to help Trump's data efforts". Computerworld. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Rodgriguez, Salvador (December 19, 2016). "Salesforce Joins List of Tech Companies That Oppose Building a Muslim Registry". Inc. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 

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