GitHub Blocked In China Thanks To The Railway Ministry’s Crappy Ticketing Site

Update: GitHub now seems to be partially unblocked.

The Golden Shield Project (aka Great Firewall of China) has decided GitHub no longer conforms with Chinese notions of harmony, as first noticed Monday by GreatFire.org and reported on The Next Web.

The block comes on the heels of the Ministry of Railways’s unsuccessful attempt to convince Chinese browser-makers to stop providing a plugin that helps users purchase train tickets off MOR’s website.

A bit of background before we go any further: GitHub acts as a platform for software developers to share, revise, and track changes to code. This means that people who make those cool apps and websites we use every day use GitHub as a means to communicate with other developers, share their work, and generally make their products (and, thus, our lives) better1.

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GitHub Blocked In China Thanks To The Railway Ministry’s Crappy Ticketing Site

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China Drive’s Round Table Jan 22, 2013

On Tuesday, Zhao Xiaohua, Zhou Heyang, and I discussed:

  • Demoted official from Sanlu melamine scandal promoted
  • An official fired after mistress posts details of their affair
  • High class restaurants see decline in revenue as government implement “austerity”
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/012218a.mp3] [audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/012218b.mp3]

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