The Story Behind “Master-Slave” Being Excluded by (Most) Tech Firms

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Racial bias has been a hot topic in 2020, but the story behind “Master-Slave” bias dates back to the early 2000s. In tech, master/slave terminology has been used as an industry standard to describe when one piece of hardware controls another. But the phrase has continuously received criticism over the years for being racially biased, stemming from slavery.

Master-Slave Bias Timeline

The earliest know instance of the master-slave tech bias controversy was November 27, 2003, when a Los Angeles County employee filed a discrimination complaint after seeing video machines labeled with the words “master” and “slave”. Although “master”

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