Responsible use of technology

It’s time to take responsibility

Using technology to benefit humans and society has been part of Milestone’s way of thinking for many years.
Since 2008, Milestone’s end-user license agreement (EULA) has stated that our products cannot be used for the purpose of, or in connection with, a violation of the human rights of any person as set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If we find that our products are being used this way, we consider it a material breach of our EULA. As a consequence, we may terminate the whole license for the product immediately without notice and rendering any further use of the product unlawful.
The Copenhagen Letter
More recently, at the first Copenhagen Techfestival in 2017, Lars Thinggaard, Milestone’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), took part in a think tank together with 150 thinkers from around the world. The thought leaders created the Copenhagen Letter that was presented at the close of the eventwith this clear and solid message
… our products cannot be used for the purpose of, or in connection with, a violation of the human rights of any person as set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Responsible use of technology
More recently, at the first Copenhagen Techfestival in 2017, Lars Thinggaard, Milestone’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), took part in a think tank together with 150 thinkers from around the world. The thought leaders created the Copenhagen Letter that was presented at the close of the eventwith this clear and solid message
Through this initiative, Milestone wants to amplify the language in the Copenhagen Letter and change the way everyone involved with technology development addresses and thinks about digital ethics and digital innovation.
As a leader in the global video technology industry, Milestone recognized the importance of taking a stan on the rising issue of technology governance. At Techfestival 2019, Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, challenged the audience to put the letter’s message into practice, “we need a framework that helps us to think clearly and critically about the consequences of digital innovation. We need a language that addresses today’s issues, and not a language that was designed for yesterday’s problems. We need to start an open and public conversation about the power of technology.”
With our global network of partners, Milestone brings tremendous power of innovation to society. We understand that with this power, comes responsibility to build technologies from trust so that we create fair and transparent societies.
Together, we can shape this innovation to ensure a better quality of life for us all.
Real action
To demonstrate our commitment to theCopenhagen Letter’s call to “replace empty rhetoric with a commitment to real action,” at MIPS 2019 we announced the Copenhagen Clause. The Copenhagen Clause is a new section that we added to our EULA effective June 19th, 2019.
By including the Copenhagen Clause in our agreements, Milestone is encouraging our partners to involve themselves in the important discussion on responsible use of technology, to sign the Copenhagen Letter and adopt the Copenhagen Clause in their own agreements. Together with our partners, we want to make a positive impact on the world and “leave our garden patch, a little greener than we found it.”
It’s time to take responsibility for the technology we are creating.
The Copenhagen Letter
It’s time:
Time to take responsibility for the world we are creating.
Time to replace the empty rhetoric with a commitment to real action.
Time to organize, and to hold each other accountable.
From a Millennials Point of View
As a young millennial, it means a lot to me that I’m working for a company that not only provides me with opportunities to grow professionally, but more important in my opinion, does not shy away from taking a stand on issues that influence and shape the future.
I’m really proud to be part of Milestone’s initiative on Responsible Use of Technology, especially as I get the chance to work with our vision on how we drive positive change in our industry. Technology is here to stay, and as someone involved with creating and shaping it, I want to make sure it’s being used as a force for good.
Subhi Irshed
Business Developer Manager, Technology Business Development

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