Collective Action in Tech
Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya and JS Tan
The tech industry is rife with unfair treatment of workers of all stripes and the development of products harmful to our communities. The most effective path to address these issues is for workers to leverage their collective strength to push companies in the right direction. Collective Action in Tech started as a project to document collective actions in the technology industry and has evolved into a platform for workers to tell their stories, share resources, and theorize the tech workers movement together. We maintain an archive of several hundred collective actions by tech employees from 1969 to present-day, the largest database of its kind. Through experimentation and open-ended dialogue, we aim to create a space for tech workers to reflect on the movement’s past and to invent its future.
Archive Website: https://data.collectiveaction.tech/
Invitation to Contribute
We are actively seeking worker and researcher perspectives to share on our website. This can take a few different formats: Narrative accounts: Share your account as a tech worker, organizer, or researcher. Describe what motivated you to get involved in organizing, the obstacles you encountered along the way, and what you have learned from the experience. Interviews: Share your account in an interview format. A member of our team will conduct the interview. Photo or video essays: Do you have media from an organized action? Photo or video content can be an especially powerful medium for documenting collective action. Resources: What has helped you as an organizer? What has helped other organizers? Are there things you wish you’d known before you started organizing? A crucial part of building a community is sharing resources and knowledge. Your contribution will reach a broad audience of tech workers, organizers, and researchers from around the world.
We welcome anonymous contributions. We take extensive steps to validate our sources but recognize the very real risks that workers face when they speak out on these issues. We enthusiastically welcome contributions from the Global South. Have an idea for a contribution that doesn’t quite fit the above format? Have questions about this project in general? Reach out and we’d love to talk. Contact us at: collectiveactionintech[at]protonmail.com. For contributions, please write [Contribution] in the subject line and include a short pitch (50-200 words) describing how you’d like to contribute. More information can be found here.