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This has been a great community for getting advice on workplace issues, but today I have to ask something different; a personal kindness from my colleagues in tech. In a word, stand up for what's right. Tech products touch thousands, millions, billions of people daily. By taking initiative at work to support a cause, you can without exaggeration save lives. Pay attention to areas like PR, moderation policy, and customer engagement. Push for features that make the world a better place. Don't...

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...compromise your views because an exec opted to swipe an issue under the rug. If it feels right, pursue it.

For a long time, I felt that work was for a pay check. There were lines I wouldn't cross, but being proactive for a cause wasn't in the cards. Corporate citizenship, as we called it, was a nifty plus.

In the past month, that changed for me. A small country where I have family has been in the global news literally non-stop. Now, all I can think about is how the reach we have in tech is squandered on ad dollars or another dash to user engagement. Both can be necessary, of course; survival matters. But it also can't be our everything.

Please, bring up what you stand for at a meeting. Ask your team to make the world better. You CAN make a sizable difference.

Thank you.

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I love this message. We should be acting in service to one an other and to the greater good. It may seem trival at times but we are responsible for the reality that our descendants will experience. That takes a lot of self-sacrifices. It may mean working long hours, it may mean speaking up on the direction of a project. It's not all for one, it one for all.

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This is so great, and I couldn't agree with you more. I've actually been pondering this a lot lately myself. I feel like even though we are individual people, we can all collectively make a difference. Thanks for putting this out there.

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Can I just add that though I personally feel like this is a beautiful message, what you're describing isn't personal kindness. It's called selfless responsibility. Because anyone can be kind, but it's another thing to state an opposing view in the office. I support what you're saying but I wouldn't decorate it with the word "kind". These are serious matters and depending on where a person is in the world it could mean they lose their job, or be mistreated. I believe in standing up for what's right, but standing up for what's right does come with consequences. Let's not forget that and allow one another to come to their own definitions of that.

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If you're in a situation where you must hide what you stand for, you can change the situation or reframe your pitch. There is always a third way. No need to martyr yourself.

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Hi I'm Eric and approve of this message lol

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Thank you! I hope engineering and tech related courses will have epistemology as part of the curriculum someday. It's very naive to think that science/data/engineering is neutral. All of this is always in service of someone. I love the preface of a book written by Gerard Fourez where he says that he though science was neutral until he received his payment and found out his research was being sponsored by the armed forces. We will only be better professionals if we question what we do and what we don't do but should be doing. Our knowledge is in service of what? Who?

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Hi,
The one that I was talking about is the prologue of the book "Cómo se elabora el conocimiento: La epistemología desde un enfoque socioconstructivista". I googled it but I couldn't find an English version :(
The other book is La Construction des sciences: [introduction à la philosophie et à l'éthique des sciences (this is the original title, I read it in Portuguese but i didn't find an English version for this one too :(( if you get to find it, read chapter 01, it's a super nice starting point!
Not exactly about epistemology, but related, I think you'll like papers related to STS (science , technology and society).
Also not exactly about epistemology, but very critical and mind blowing is the author Paulo Freire, there are several books and pieces of text in English. Its more directed to education, but I like how he criticized many things but also shown a optimism view that society can be better because we make history and culture, and we are responsible for the culture we make (in service of what? Whom?) Thanks for asking, i love sharing this kind of things :-)

Yes, stand up for what's right while you watch your ruthless coworkers and managers that only care about making $$$ rise to the top of the company hierarchy while your career stalls and whithers away (true story).
Despite the cute slogans big tech companies care about the same things other companies care: making more money. If you are not aligned with the company's goal then you will suffer the consequences.

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How far Google's culture has fallen...

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I like this message alot and I def agree with you. I don't think we really think about things this way often but it is very important. We want to continue to make advancements.

Social responsibility came to mind when I read this. Timnit Gebru also came to mind when I ponder the OP's altruistic statement. But the reality is clear, a corporation will show you what their bottom line is. Actions are ALWAYS louder than words.

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