1. Over 160 software developers signed an open letter calling on GitHub to cancel its $200,000 contract with ICE on Wednesday. Signers include Ruby on Rails founder David Heinemeier Hansson, the language GitHub used to initially build its platform, the Co-Chair of the W3C Technical Architecture Group, Daniel Appelquist, and more. Since September, GitHub workers have been urging the company to cancel its contract with the ICE over the Trump administration immigration policies it enforces. Seven have resigned in protest, including its now ex-developer advocate Don Goodman-Wilson, who stepped down on Monday. While the letter did not explicitly threaten GitHub with a boycott, Heinemeier Hansson says it's an option, although he hopes it doesn't get to that point. However, elsewhere others are already encouraging people to shun the platform; Mozilla software engineer Marcos Càceres, who also co-chairs the World Wide Web Consortium, encourages paying users to suspend their GitHub subscriptions until the company cancels its ICE contract. - LOS ANGELES TIMES
What with the ongoing Google, .org sale, and GitHub protests this year, 2019 feels like the year of developer activism! Are developers becoming more vocal, or have they always been like this but it's just gone underreported? And are all these protests a good thing for the evolution of the industry as a whole, or a distraction? Hit reply and let me know your thoughts, or tweet me here, where I asked my Twitter followers a similar question. With your permission, I may feature your response in a future issue.