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Open innovation will be the winning strategy for digital sovereignty and human progress in the new decade

Open innovation will be the winning strategy for digital sovereignty and human progress in the new decade

This article originally appeared in The New Stack, and is republished here with permission. Digital sovereignty has become a rallying cry across the globe. In 2021, open innovation will, counterintuitively, provide the answer. Politicians and citizens alike want to ensure that the products, services, and data generated in the digital economy respect the sovereignty of […]

Mike Linksvayer March 22, 2021
What’s up with these new not-open source licenses?

What’s up with these new not-open source licenses?

Understanding the movement of ‘single source’ companies from ‘open source’ to ‘source available’ licenses In the last nine months since joining GitHub’s policy team, I’ve been asked repeatedly about a two-year trend in the open source ecosystem: ‘single source’ open source companies scrapping their Open Source Initiative-approved open source license for a ‘source available’ license. […]

Justin Colannino March 18, 2021
FUD chills: GitHub stands with security researchers on DMCA Section 1201

FUD chills: GitHub stands with security researchers on DMCA Section 1201

Security research makes us all safer, but too often developers face ambiguous rules and possible criminal liability when they do quality assurance work to find security holes in their stack. Current DMCA Section 1201 rules should be clearer, otherwise they will continue to chill security research and leave everyone less safe. To this end, GitHub […]

Justin Colannino March 15, 2021
2020 Transparency Report

2020 Transparency Report

At GitHub, we put developers first, and we work hard to provide a safe, open, and inclusive platform for code collaboration. This means we are committed to minimizing the disruption of software projects, protecting developer privacy, and being transparent with developers about content moderation and disclosure of user information. This kind of transparency is vital […]

Abby Vollmer February 25, 2021
Open source in the 5G stack

Open source in the 5G stack

Developers know the value of openness, and increasingly policymakers are taking note. Open source and open standards approaches offer promising solutions to mounting policy problems related to digital sovereignty. One such area where open approaches can help is 5G. The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently requested suggestions for an innovation challenge to […]

Peter Cihon February 23, 2021
Fighting for developers: GitHub policy 2020 in review

Fighting for developers: GitHub policy 2020 in review

GitHub is committed to shaping public policies that support developers around the globe. Last year, we advised policymakers, supported legal action, and spoke directly to developers on policy in jurisdictions around the world. As part of our commitment to developers, we’d like to share some highlights of what GitHub Policy did for you in 2020. […]

Mike Linksvayer February 3, 2021
GitHub joins amicus brief warning of systemic risk from private sector offensive actors

GitHub joins amicus brief warning of systemic risk from private sector offensive actors

Today, GitHub joined an amicus brief in NSO v. WhatsApp, opposing the expansion of foreign sovereign immunity to private cyber-surveillance companies that act on behalf of foreign governments. GitHub joined alongside Cisco, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, VMware, and the Internet Association against immunity for private sector offensive actors (PSOAs). Law and policy shape the software ecosystem. […]

Mike Linksvayer December 21, 2020
No cookie for you

No cookie for you

Good news: we removed all cookie banners from GitHub! 🎉 No one likes cookie banners. But cookie banners are everywhere. So how did we pull this off? Well, EU law requires you to use cookie banners if your website contains cookies that are not required for it to work. Common examples of such cookies are […]

Nat Friedman December 17, 2020
Take action: DMCA anti-circumvention and developer innovation

Take action: DMCA anti-circumvention and developer innovation

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a 22-year old United States law meant to strike a complicated balance between art, code, and speech on the net — impacting users of platforms like GitHub. DMCA rules are under review, and you have an opportunity to help shape the anti-circumvention landscape. The U.S. Copyright Office is […]

Justin Colannino November 19, 2020
Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement now merged

Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement now merged

As part of GitHub’s commitment to developers, we open source the policies that govern our platform and welcome feedback at any time in our site-policy repository. When we make material changes to these policies, we open a notice and comment period. We’ve just closed such a comment period, and the changes announced in October are […]

Peter Cihon November 16, 2020
Commit your vote on election day!

Commit your vote on election day!

Closing that priority issue you’re working on can wait—put down your keyboard and vote! Millions of you already have, and your vote in national and local elections may just impact your work as developers. Government policies influence what software is built, how it’s used, and who gets to build it in the first place. Remember, […]

Mike Linksvayer November 2, 2020
Vote, and contribute to democracy through open source

Vote, and contribute to democracy through open source

November 3 is election day in the U.S. Early voting is available in most states. If you haven’t yet, make a plan to vote. If you’re an employer in the U.S., make sure employees have time to vote. Can developers contribute to better elections through open source? Yes, though it’s a challenging, complex space, with […]

Mike Linksvayer October 22, 2020
Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement

Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement

We regularly update our policies to reflect the evolution of our products, changing legal requirements, and user feedback. In this update, we’ve made some changes to our Terms of Service, Privacy Statement, and other site policies. We’ve also made some updates to the process for updating our site policies. We welcome your feedback in our […]

Abby Vollmer October 15, 2020