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Technology is a double-edged sword. It can create, or it can destroy.
Nuclear weapons are the ultimate expression of technology designed to destroy. They are weapons of mass destruction, designed to indiscriminately harm civilians. The humanitarian impact of even the smallest nuclear weapons is catastrophic and unconscionable. In my own work, I pledge to not use my skills to develop or support nuclear weapons.
I will not take part, and I call on my employer to join the majority of nations who are rejecting nuclear weapons under international law. I support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which will end the catastrophic threat of nuclear weapons.
Without the support of technology innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and academics to build and maintain these inhumane weapons, nuclear weapons would not exist.
That's why I ask my fellow technologists, our companies and organizations and the leaders in our field to join us in this pledge.
It's time to disrupt nuclear weapons
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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017. The campaign was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, for their "groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition" of nuclear weapons. More information about ICAN can be found at:www.ICANw.org