China Stops Blocking GitHub

As of Wednesday, developers in China once again have access to GitHub after the government stopped blocking the code hosting service. The Chinese authorities began blocking the service after a developer’s ticketing app, which was hosted on GitHub, caused problems for the country’s rail service.

The GitHub censorship came under a great deal of criticism after Chinese celebrity and former Googler Kai-Fu Lee said, “GitHub is the preferred tool for programmers to learn and connect with the rest of the world…. Blocking GitHub is unjustifiable, and will only derail the nation’s programmers from the world, while bringing about a loss in competitiveness and insight.”

Although GitHub is no longer blocked, some Chinese developers say site access is still slow.

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