Berkeley Prof Changes Name Of His Project Because ‘Bro’ Might Be ‘Offensive’

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The name of a project at the University of California, Berkeley will be changed because “bro” might be “offensive,” according to a Monday announcement.

Vern Paxson, a Berkeley computer science professor, wrote Bro, a network intrusion detection system, but the Bro team launched a survey to determine a new name for the software. The team consists of Paxson, as well as other computer science professionals from within Berkeley and outside of the university.

“While ‘Bro’ was originally meant as an Orwellian reminder of the risk that any monitoring fundamentally entails, it has more recently gained a very different, and quite offensive, reputation (‘Bro culture’),” said the team in a tweet, linking to a Google docs form in which people can suggest new names.

The team will accept proposals until Dec. 4, after which it will pick five finalists and take more community feedback on those before making a final selection.

Universities, supercomputing centers, and research labs use Bro and Mozilla and the National Science Foundation have partnered with the project. (RELATED: Gov’t Spends Over $3M To Stop ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Lack Of Diversity’) 

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Paxson, as well as the Bro team for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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