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Law Professor Launches Effort to Protect GitHub Users
August 29, 2018 – Today, software programmer and Law professor Adam Candeub launched the website SaveGitHub.com to highlight risks that Microsoft’s merger with the software repository GitHub poses to the software and developer community, and the tech ecosystem as a whole.
“As the world’s largest software company and the fourt most valuable technology company in the world after Apple, Amazon and Alphabet, Microsoft’s control over GitHub could allow it to exclude rivals, take their personal data, or restrict open source activity,” said Candeub. While this merger has received little attention and even less scrutiny, it combines the broad antitrust, intellectual property, and privacy concerns that Americans increasingly have with Big Tech.”
Candeub, who is a GitHub User, notes “I am not unconditionally opposed to the merger if Microsoft takes steps to ensure that it benefits consumers.” He explains that he would support Microsoft setting up GitHub as a non-profit similar to the Linux Foundation, Apache Foundation, Wikipedia, or Mozilla. Alternatively, Microsoft should make commitments to guard against anticompetitive practices including: transparency in policy changes, pledges not to sell or merge GitHub data, and pledges not to discriminate in favor of Microsoft products. SaveGitHub.com includes a list of reasonable commitments Candeub is calling on Microsoft to endorse before the merger is approved.
Candeub hopes that other GitHub users and Americans concerned about the unchecked power of Big Tech will sign his petition calling on Microsoft to take these concerns seriously.. Absent these committments, he urges the Federal Trade Commission block the merger.
Adam Candeub is a professor law and director of the Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University. Prior to joining academia he served as an attorney advisor at the FCC, an associate at Cleary Gottlieb and Jones Day, and as a clerk for chief Judge Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, both magna cum laude. He is also an amateur software programmer and has used GitHub to help create Criminal Procedure: The Game, the first gamified course to teach criminal procedure and FCC Explorer, which uses analytic techniques to make lobbying at the Federal Communications Commission more transparent.
Contact Adam Candeub at firstname.lastname@example.org