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From Jarek Potiuk <Jarek.Pot...@polidea.com>
Subject Re: Language matters - don't use the term "whitelist" in Apache Airflow
Date Mon, 08 Jun 2020 04:03:53 GMT
Indeed. Thanks Ash! Much appreciated!

J.

On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 1:40 AM Kevin Yang <yrqls21@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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Jarek Potiuk
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