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Word List: Tier 0

Term: blackbox



Related Terms

  • whitebox

Usage Context


No change recommended. This term may be used without restriction. Blackbox refers to opacity, such as details that aren’t visible or are not the focus. This term is not based on a good/bad binary where white is represented as good or black is represented as bad and so does not promote racial bias.

Recommended Replacements

  • None

Unsuitable Replacements

  • None



Term Status


Supporting Content

Recommendation from the IBM Inclusive IT Language Initiative Words Matter working group