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Members of the Github community are calling for Github to drop its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and are using an illustration of a cat holding a heart to do it.
The image is a take on Github’s mascot, Octocat, and shows a cartoon cat holding a heart with the words “Drop ICE” written over it. The illustration has begun appearing on the public profiles of Github users, with some using it as their avatar and others posting it in the readme section of their repositories.

Though a simple gesture, the illustration speaks to a growing movement within the open source community calling on Github to cancel its contract with the law enforcement agency.
The Microsoft-owned software development platform company continues to contract with ICE, despite CEO Nat Friedman sharing in a blog post last year that he strongly disagrees with the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

“As a matter of principle, we believe the appropriate way to advocate for our values in a democracy is to use our corporate voice, and not to unplug technology services when government customers use them to do things to which we object,” Friedman shared in the blog post last October.
Friedman then pledged the company would donate $500,000 to nonprofit organizations working to support immigrant communities, noting this is more than any revenue Github receives from ICE.
In December, members of the open source community published an open letter on the platform calling on Github to go further and cancel its contract with ICE.
“At the core of the open source ethos is the idea of liberty. Open source is about inverting power structures and creating access and opportunities for everyone. We, the undersigned, cannot see how to reconcile our ethics with GitHub's continued support of ICE,” the letter stated.
The letter then went on to call on Github to cancel its contract with ICE and be more transparent about how the company conducts its business dealings. The letter has been signed by over 700 people.
Amanjeev Sethi is one of the people who recently shared the image calling for Github to “Drop ICE.” Sethi uses Github both for his work and personal projects.
“It is important that us builders of the tech, raise our voices when we see that powerful tech companies are supporting the agencies and organizations that perpetuate crimes and violence against humanity,” Sethi told Motherboard in an email. “Having lived in the U.S. up until very recently on a visa (for about 15 years), this issue is even more important for me.”

Stephen Belanger, who uses Github extensively and also shared the image, shared a similar sentiment.
“ICE has very anti-American ideals,” Belanger said. “America is built on immigrant populations inventing, creating new markets, and pushing the country forward.”
Siân Griffin has been heavily involved in open source for eight years and decided to use the image as a way to spread word about the issue and “subtly” remind people Github still contracts with ICE.
“While Github's enterprise offerings may seem fairly benign, I'm sure the folks at IBM who sold the Nazi party the punchcard technology used for the census thought the same thing,” Griffin said. “That technology ended up being used directly to aid in genocide.”
Github did not respond to Motherboard’s request for comment.
 
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Atsimu said:
“That technology ended up being used directly to aid in genocide.”
I bet those American companies who invested in Weimar Germany and then recalled their loans during the Great Depression were also horrified at the fact they directly led to the "rise" of the Nazi Party.
 

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“At the core of the open source ethos is the idea of liberty. Open source is about inverting power structures and creating access and opportunities for everyone. We, the undersigned, cannot see how to reconcile our ethics with GitHub's continued support of ICE,” the letter stated.
What? How is open source relevant to the immigration policy of one particular country? And which "open source ethos" are they talking about? There are different schools of thought when it comes to open source, and those are apparent when you compare the different licenses (GPL, BSD, MIT, Apache, WTFPL, etc.) If you want to ensure that your code is not used by ICE then release it under license that says so. But all sorts of pissant tiny companies violate the GPL constantly and the FSF can't do anything but sit there and eat their own toe jam, so have fun trying to get the US government to stop violating your license. And if this is all to just stop ICE from using Github for their own projects, well, Github does absolutely nothing that any number of other off-the-shelf solutions can't do. Github is the Facebook of version control. It has nothing going for it other than the network effect of having tons of projects already hosted there, and they are only there because it was better than what existed already (SourceForge is to Github as MySpace was to Facebook)
 

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Yeah, the same people who think the word 'master' will make you spontaneously enslave your black neighbors or something. As a non-native English speaker (like, you know 98% of the Earth's population), the only reason I came to connect this word in programming context with slavery are those fucktards.
Glad to see im not the only one, calling it master-slave is legitimately pretty intuitive for me, like parent-children in OOP and i wouldnt even dare to think of slavery in that context until these obsessed fucks brought it up.
 

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Glad to see im not the only one, calling it master-slave is legitimately pretty intuitive for me, like parent-children in OOP and i wouldnt even dare to think of slavery in that context until these obsessed fucks brought it up.
Then there is "whitelist" and "blacklist", which now have to be done away with because reasons. Now "allowlist" and "denylist" are the official Newspeak terms. This has to happen even though "whitelist" and "blacklist" are obvious antonyms. "Allowlist" and "denylist" are not obvious antonyms: the opposite of "allow" is not "deny", except in a very narrow technical context. Not to mention the fact that there was never any racial connotation involved with these terms until these worthless entryists decided that it did, and since they have effective control of both social and mainstream media, anyone who is opposed to this unilateral redefinition of language in their real-life work has to sit by and let it happen if they don't want to jeopardize their entire livelihood.
 
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