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GitHub will keep selling software to ICE, leaked email says

[2019.10.09, Wed 15:05] Microsoft-owned GitHub will renew a $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement despite concerns about the Trump administration's policies, according to a leaked email. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman said in an internal email leaked to tech activist organization Fight for the Future that ICE purchased a license for a GitHub enterprise server in 2016, and that the purchase recently came up for renewal. In the email, Friedman said the company doesn't have an agreement to provide professional services to ICE, and "Has no visibility into how this software is being used, other than presumably for software development and version control." "A world where developers in one country or every country are required to tell us what type of software they are creating would, in our view, undermine the fundamental rights of software developers." Friedman describes the $200,000 ICE contract as "Not financially material" and says in the email that GitHub will donate $500,000 to nonprofits that support immigrant communities affected by Trump administration policies. Providing software to ICE has become a flashpoint in the tech industry, as employees question how their work contributions will be used by the United States government. Hundreds of GitHub coders have signed on to a petition calling on Microsoft to stop providing services to ICE or they will "Take our projects elsewhere."
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