The Promise of Open Source Code and the Paradox of ‘ProtestWare’

The Open Source Software (OSS) community has been split in two after an OSS author repurposed his own library to protest the Ukrainian-Russian war. On March 7, RIAEvangelist released several versions of his “node-ipc” software package—which has been downloaded millions of times—with some versions reportedly overwriting code on machines presumably located in Russia and Belarus.

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March 28, 2022