A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE
September 20, 2019 6:09 PM Subscribe
On Monday, activist Shanley Kane highlighted a contract between Seattle-based software company Chef and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chef develops and sells open source software for configuring servers and cites Alaska Airlines, Google, Facebook, and Capital One as customers. The ICE contract created a minor stir on Twitter, but by Thursday morning, Chef hadn’t made a public statement about the controversy. Discouraged by the company’s silence, former Chef employee Seth Vargo removed several Chef-related open source tools that he had hosted on two code repositories. They included Sugar, a tool designed to make it easier to work with Chef’s software that’s widely used by Chef customers, though it’s not clear if ICE uses it. "I have removed my code from the Chef ecosystem," Vargo wrote on the code hosting site GitHub. "I have a moral and ethical obligation to prevent my source [code] from being used for evil."
The CEO re-affirmed Chef's intention to continue the contract with ICE on Thursday and the CTO posted their personal thoughts on the matter on Friday.
Additional coverage in various media outlets:
The Register: DevOps biz Chef roasted for tech contract with family-separating US immigration, forks up attempt to quash protest
Vice: 'Everyone Should Have a Moral Code' Says Developer Who Deleted Code Sold to ICE
Tech Crunch: Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests
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