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From Kevin Yang <yrql...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Language matters - don't use the term "whitelist" in Apache Airflow
Date Sun, 07 Jun 2020 23:40:10 GMT
Thank you Ash. +1 and stamped.


Cheers,
Kevin Y

On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 2:46 PM Deng Xiaodong <xd.deng.r@gmail.com> wrote:

> Appreciate your effort, Ash. And a +1 for this.
>
>
> XD
>
> On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 23:31 Ash Berlin-Taylor <ash@apache.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I have just opened a PR to rename the few of the remaining instances of
> > whitelist or blacklist in our code base. (There weren't many.) There are
> > some we can't remove yet (because they are modules/classes/config from
> > external modules. I have opened issues in those projects for most of
> them)
> >
> > It's fairly common to say whitelisting and blacklisting to describe
> > desirable and undesirable things in cyber security. Just because
> > it is common doesn't mean it's right.
> >
> > However, there's an issue with the terminology. It only makes sense if
> > you equate white with 'good, permitted, safe' and black with 'bad,
> > dangerous, forbidden'. There are some obvious problems with this.
> >
> > You may not see why this matters. If you're not adversely affected by
> > racial stereotyping yourself, then please count yourself lucky. For some
> > of your friends and colleagues (and potential future colleagues), this
> > really is a change worth making.
> >
> > From now on, we will use 'allow list' and 'deny list' in place of
> > 'whitelist' and 'blacklist' wherever possible. Which, in fact, is
> > clearer and less ambiguous. So as well as being more inclusive of all,
> > this is a net benefit to our understandability.
> >
> > (Words mostly borrowed from
> > https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/terminology-its-not-black-and-white)
> >
> > And to reaffirm the trailer from that blog post: If you’re thinking
> > about getting in touch saying "this is political correctness gone mad",
> or
> > "what's the big deal", don’t bother. If that is your view then you are
> > not welcome in this community.
> >
> > The PR is https://github.com/apache/airflow/pull/9174
> >
> > -ash
> >
>

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