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Agency to end use of technology terms such as ‘master’ and ‘slave’ over racist associations

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Agency to end use of technology terms such as 'master' and 'slave' over racist associations

Photo caption: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology building. | Dana Romanoff/Getty Images. Article by Eric Geller.

Technology professionals have long used “whitelist” and “blacklist” for software, and “master” and “slave” for hardware.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, whose publications form the basis for federal activities on everything from cybersecurity to time measurement, will stop using common computer security terms with racist connotations.

“We’ve identified a pretty extensive list of publications that have one or more uses of these terms, and we’re in the process of initiating updates to those,” Kevin Stine, the chief of NIST’s Applied Cybersecurity Division, said on Thursday during a meeting of the agency’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, or ISPAB. […]

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