Crist indicated that although he personally opposes those policies and many employees had expressed concerns, the company had declined to take a position. "I apologize for this," he wrote. "I had hoped that traditional political checks and balances would provide remedy, and that our relationship with our various government customers could avoid getting intermingled with these policies. However, it is clear that checks and balances have not provided relief to the fundamental issues of the policies in question."
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.In a Thursday night to Chef employees that the company posted online, CEO Barry Crist called Chef’s work with ICE, which he said began under the Obama administration, a "principled decision.".
The WIRED Guide to Open SourceIn the blog post, Crist also said the company will make unspecified changes to prevent disruptions like the one caused by the deletion of Chef-related open source projects last week.Former Chef employee Seth Vargo deleted the projects, which he still maintained on two code-hosting sites, in protest of the ICE contract. The contract had been brought to light earlier in the week by activist Shanley Kane. Chef republished the code.Deleting open source projects is unusual, but tech worker activism is becoming more common. On Friday, 1,800 Amazon employees staged a walkout demanding that the retail giant and other companies take greater action to combat climate change. Microsoft employees have protested the company's work for ICE and the military with little success thus far. Google employees have successfully scuttled the company's drone footage analysis work and plans to bid on a cloud computing contract with the Pentagon, and also continue to protest the company’s work with US immigration agencies.
Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will continue to work with "institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy." GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images Tech workers are increasingly uneasy about their employers’ work with the US government, especially the military.
- The 11 best new TV shows coming this fall
- Watch how to solve a Rubik's cube , step by step
- College, calculus, and the problem with the SAT
- Why the Porsche Taycan's two-speed gearbox is such a big deal
- Gaming's #MeToo moment and the tyranny of male fragility
- 👁 How do machines learn ? Plus, read the latest news on artificial intelligence
- 📱 Torn between the latest phones? Never fear—check out our iPhone buying guide and favorite Android phones