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

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.

Chuck Romine, director of the agency’s Information Technology Laboratory, first informed the board that it was reviewing the use of a number of terms on Wednesday.

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