The Tech for Good Call

We, members of the Tech for Good initiative and signatories of this Call,

  • Considering the positive impact of the tech and digital revolution in the service of human progress and the essential contribution of entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators, and civil society, especially in the fields of information sharing and knowledge dissemination, international cooperation, access to education and culture, as well as organizations’ efficiency, innovation and broader economic growth and related positive externalities;
  • Noting the critical and positive role played by technological tools and emerging technologies in our societies’ resilience to crises, including health crises, and their potential for coping with the pressing need for new solutions to rise to growing and new environmental and social challenges;
  • Recognizing that such progress may be hindered by negative externalities, including unfair competition such as abuse of dominant or systemic position, and fragmentation of the internet; that, without appropriate safeguards, technology can also be used to threaten fundamental freedoms and human rights or weaken democracy; that, unless we implement appropriate measures to combat it, some individuals and organizations inevitably use it for criminal purposes, including in the context of conflicts.

Acknowledge that:

  • Societies should create the conditions for future deployment and equality of access to technology through collective, multilateral and multi-stakeholder initiatives, relying on ethics, transparency, open dialogue and contribution and the resort to collective intelligence;
  • A technology only benefits to society, citizens and consumers if it respects their privacy, their autonomy, their freedom to choose and to understand it;
  • The international community should come together to preserve an accessible, free, open, secure, resilient, interoperable and un-splintered internet as a contributive and common good of humanity, to ensure trust, security and peace in the cyberspace.

To this end, we commit to:

  • Genuinely cooperating with the efforts of the international community, in accordance with the rule of law and in line with a duty of care, to take transparent, specific, technically feasible measures to prevent the upload and the dissemination of child sexual abuse material, terrorist or extreme violence online contents, and to responsibly address hate speech, disinformation and opinion manipulation, in a manner consistent with human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Implementing in our products and services respecting principles such as "security by design" and "privacy by design", sustainability, and the protection of consumers’ freedom of choice;
  • Taking our economic and social responsibilities by contributing fairly to the taxes in countries where we operate;
  • Supporting global research efforts to develop a common understanding of technology, and organizing our research in consultation or collaboration with scientists and citizens, for instance through data opening and sharing with trust and platform interoperability;
  • Taking advantage of the technological revolution to tackle health and environmental challenges; to control, reduce and manage the environmental impacts of our activities; to support the ecological transition of respective industry; and to pursue the United Nations goals in this matter;
  • Ensuring our technologies promote social, professional and economic inclusiveness, advance accessibility of our services to all, in particular people with disabilities and those traditionally marginalized or excluded; and reduce the digital tech divide everywhere;
  • Promoting diversity and equal opportunities, in particular with regard to social justice, wealth inequality, gender and ethnicity in our corporate strategies, as well as in the design of our technologies and processes, in the implementation of our solutions, in the user experience and in the value chain; to fight discriminations, for instance those based on religious affiliation and sexual orientation;
  • Supporting efforts to broaden tech literacy, to educate as many people as possible for a well-reasoned knowledge and responsible use of data and technologies and, to this effect, strengthening cooperation between governments, companies, academics, tech communities, and civil society.

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