Last month, we let you know of some updates to our Privacy Statement and Terms of Service and asked for help from our community. Thanks to everyone who commented and contributed feedback in our Site Policy repository, the updated Privacy Statement, Terms of Service, and Corporate Terms of Service are now in effect!
Updates to our Privacy Statement and Terms of Service are in effect as of today, May 25. You can accept them by continuing to use GitHub. Again, thank you so much to our user community for helping us improve our terms. Please let us know if you have any questions about the updates.
RightsCon—an annual conference on human rights in the digital age—brought together more than 2,000 people from 115 countries last week in Toronto. On the first day of the conference, we joined non-profits, academics, and other tech companies for a session on working together to protect and promote human rights.
Alongside conversations on bias in artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making and cybersecurity capacity-building, we led the discussion on working with our community to develop the policies that govern the use of our site. In the face of public discourse on who should be deciding what speech is legal—and who should be held accountable for these decisions—we provided this example of how a platform can adopt rules through a transparent, democratic process.
At the session, we also highlighted several other ways in which our policy work promotes human rights, like freedom of expression and privacy. Some examples:
To promote freedom of expression, we limit censorship by making sure requestors meet our detailed requirements for takedown requests and by limiting the impact of the takedown when possible. For example, we geo-block content that isn’t illegal in all jurisdictions and, when possible, ask users to remove parts of a repository that contain infringing content, rather than blocking an entire repository. In addition, we promote the right of access to information (related to the right to free expression) and transparency by publishing transparency reports and posting takedown notices in real time in our government-takedowns and DMCA repositories. We also described there (and at another RightsCon session) our work on the global implications of the EU’s copyright proposal on free expression.
In our submission to United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s upcoming report on content moderation and free expression, we note that our approach is consistent with international human rights law. As many speakers at RightsCon pointed out, those international standards are useful for companies looking for a baseline for evaluation that applies to users globally, without imposing one country’s norms on countless others.
Millions of developers trust us with their data—and protecting their privacy is a top priority for us. We didn’t need to change the way we handle user data to comply with the EU’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), which recognizes data protection as a fundamental right. We are proudly in compliance with the GDPR ahead of the law’s deadline this Friday.
GitHub’s Statement Against Modern Slavery and Child Labor outlines the steps we take to make sure modern slavery and child labor are not in our business or supply chain. RightsCon participants were interested to hear how companies that aren’t typically associated with these abuses are taking steps to show how they prevent them, including by placing requirements on their suppliers.
Beyond these examples, a human rights perspective runs through much of our work, such as immigration, open source, net neutrality, and cybersecurity. Hopefully, this illustrates how important it is for tech companies to consider the human rights implications of so much of what we do.
Coming off the heels of an invigorating week of learning and collaborating at RightsCon, we look forward to continuing our work to keep the internet free, open, and secure, and to protect human rights.
A fresh release of our Electron-based Desktop app is here! GitHub Desktop 1.2 ships with new features and enhancements that help you stay up-to-date with your coworkers’ changes and keep you in sync with your team.
Now you can compare your branch to any other branch in the repository, like your master or base branch, and merge that work into your current branch—and there’s more to come.
In previous versions of GitHub Desktop, you could either perform actions, like discarding changes, on one file at a time or all files at once. Now you can select multiple files to perform an action on by holding down Shift or Command/Ctrl and clicking on the files you want selected.
GitHub Desktop is open source. Thanks to our community, we’ve merged 26 contributions from 18 different contributors. Since launching 1.1 in February, we’ve fixed bugs, improved existing features, and extended GitHub Desktop. In fact, our multi-file select feature started as a pull request from our community :heart:. We’d love to have you join us and contribute to future versions of Desktop.
Check out our release notes to learn more.
One year ago, we released GitHub Marketplace—a new way to promote, share, and sell the developer tools you built on GitHub. Our goal was to create a single destination for our community to discover the apps and services they need without setting up multiple accounts or payment methods. We launched with 14 select integrators. Today, Marketplace serves more than 100,000 users and offers almost 50 tools. Many of you look to GitHub Marketplace as a place to start to building a business, and we’re making it easier for you to do that with each new feature.
From Travis CI to BackHub and Microsoft, exciting new partners are coming to GitHub Marketplace all the time. To make building apps simpler and help businesses grow, we’ve added features like analytics, product placement, and account support. We’ve also improved our onboarding processes and tools, reducing the time to get listed from two months to two weeks.
As a result, Marketplace apps can gain traction fast. For example, Dependabot saw a 10x increase in signups the month they listed their app.
“We built our business on GitHub because it sits at the heart of developers’ workflows—and that’s where we think project management, or any developer tool, should live, too. It’s great to see that GitHub supports its ecosystem partners the same way it does developers in general, with lots of freedom to move work forward. We’re glad to be a key partner in bringing project management close to the code, and we’re excited to see how GitHub will invest in its ecosystem and Marketplace in the months and years to come.” — Matt Butler, ZenHub
The Marketplace API is coming out of preview, and over the last year, we’ve worked to bring functionality that was built natively into GitHub Marketplace to other areas of the GitHub platform. For example, you can now add GitHub Marketplace apps directly to a repository as you create it.
If you want to get listed and currently don’t offer a paid product, you can now list your app on Marketplace as a completely free service available to more than 30 million developers on our platform. Free apps make GitHub even more flexible and provide developers with more ways to build on their workflows.
Whether you’re a team of one or 1,000 developers, knowing how people use your software can help you create a better user experience. We’ve made it easier to get insight into your app’s performance with new data views and visualizations that show you how many people visited your Marketplace landing page, track the impact of your marketing campaigns, and more.
After seeing a queue of promising apps waiting to join Marketplace, we’ve taken steps to simplify the process. Now partners can quickly get their app onboard and learn everything they need to know to get set up.
“We’re proud to be part of GitHub Marketplace and believe it’s a critical avenue for growth and success for all products in the developer ecosystem space. There is no better platform than GitHub for growth, collaboration, and brand equity. As GitHub continues to concentrate on its ecosystem and GitHub Marketplace, we look forward to enhancing our partnership.” — Josh Kalderimis, Travis CI
With the launch of free trials, developers can try your app free for 14 days to make sure they’re choosing the right tool for their team. Over half of the listings in Marketplace support free trials–and we found that supporting a free trial can increase your revenue by 43 percent. In addition, apps that offer free trials now account for more than 60 percent of our revenue on Marketplace.
Your ultimate productivity pair is getting even better. The GitHub and Slack app has a few new features to help you turn conversations into next steps. Take action on pull requests, issues, and more right from your Slack channels to start moving work forward, faster.
Slack conversations often lead to decisions and actionable takeaways. Now it’s easier to start on next steps from Slack with slash commands for common GitHub actions, using
/github [action] [resource]. These commands let you:
/github close [issue link]
/github reopen [pull request link]
/github open [owner/repo]
To use these new slash commands, a GitHub organization owner or repository admin will have to accept updated permissions in the GitHub and Slack app. This request can be viewed in the Applications tab in an account’s settings, or in email notifications sent to relevant users.
Preview content by sharing links from private GitHub repositories. Invite the GitHub integration to the relevant Slack channel using the command
/invite @github. When you post a link, you’ll be prompted to verify that a specific private link should be previewed.
This app was built open source using publicly-available APIs, so you can build your own integration just like it. Visit the GitHub and Slack integration repository to contribute code, submit feature requests or bug reports, and learn more about how the app works under the hood.
Install the GitHub and Slack app to connect your GitHub repositories to your Slack channels. With these improvements to GitHub and Slack, working together has never been easier.