Moving away from ‘master/slave’ terminology – ClearTips

Moving away from ‘master/slave’ terminology – ClearTips

TGIF, am I right? Welcome to Human Capital, where we explore some of the latest news on labor, diversity and inclusion in technology.

This week, we’re looking at the use of the “master / slave” terminology in computer programming, and the current state of gig workers in California.

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Sunset Master / Slave Vocabulary from GitHub

This is probably not news to developers, but it was news to me when I found out that many tech companies still use the slave-master language. now, Microsoft-owned GitHub is gearing up to remove these references Slavery in the name of primary code repository “main” instead of “master”. These changes will come into effect from 1 October.

GitHub made these changes in early June, when CEO Nat Friedman tweeted This was something the company was already working on. But GitHub is not the first company to consider and make these changes. in 2014, The open-source platform Drupal was moved to replace “master / slave” with “primary / replica”.

One of its reasons for making the change was, “The word slave has a negative connotation (although it may not be relevant in the naming of the technical term), multi-century histories of slavery to benefit the European colonial powers, the prison.” Many times, including laborers forced to work under conditions to avoid that slavery, young girls sold into sex slavery in many parts of the world today. “

Then, in 2018, Programming language Python digs out racist terminology. During this, Twitter began taking steps to change those conditions earlier this year And hope to change that terminology by the end of 2021, According to CNET.

What is wild is that these words existed once before and are now only being addressed. While Los Angeles city officials asked to return in 2003 Manufacturers and suppliers stopped using the terminology, they did not need it.

So perhaps it is no wonder why some tech companies struggle to retain Black employees. For example, in 2019, Google reported its rates of black and latex talent – indicating the rate at which employees leave on an annual basis – were higher than the national average. When racism is built into the technological framework of a company, it is a mistaken idea that white people are better than black people.


Gig work


The latest in the battle of the Prophet 22 and AB 5

Two big things are happening related to gig workers: Prop. 22, a California bill supported by Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash that seeks to classify workers as independent contractors and lawsuits, is contained in AB 5, a California law that allows it The first applied was the year that gives out how to properly classify workers.

Let’s start Prop. 22. A new poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Government Studies found that it was going to be a close election. In a survey of 5,900 potential voters, UC Berkeley’s IGS found that 39% of voters would vote Yes to Proposition 22 while 36% said they would not vote. The other 25% are unspecified.

As we mentioned last week, Yes put the $ 180 million campaign on 22 campaigns, while 22 people put the No in about $ 4.6 million. In the meantime, we’re seeing Yes’s ads on 22 inside on-demand apps.

Image Credit: Screenshot of DoraSh app via ClearTips

On AB5 and things, Uber and Lyft are in court after California Attorney General Javier Becerra, along with city attorneys from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco sued the companies, alleging that they would call their workers a MissCall. are doing. In the appeals court, which stayed the initial injunction that would force Uber and Lyft to return their drivers immediately, several amicus briefs have been filed.

In a brief filed by the National Employment Law Group, ACLU and other civil rights groups, they state that by classifying Uber and Lyft workers of color as independent contractors:

Many poor workers of color and immigrants are stuck in a segregated and unequal economy, where they are underpaid, on the road to loss at work, and without access to paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and more Want to give up for yourself. Security. By emphasizing that their drivers are not employees, Lyft and Uber Bedrolls distance workers from workplace rights beyond those who provide real flexibility and economic security. Instead, their business models implicate poor workers in incurable cycles of poverty and economic exclusion.

The incident forces Uber and Lyft to retrieve their drivers, with both Uber CEO Dara Khosroshay and Lyft CEO Logan Green filing an oath statement earlier this month confirming that Both have plans to follow an order requiring them to reclaim their respective workforce.

In Khosroshahi’s statement, he simply stated that “Uber has developed implementation plans” to follow an order within more than 30 days. In Greene’s statement, he stated that “such implementation may involve the introduction of rideshare operations in all or part of California.”


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