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Chinese Government Appears To Be Blocking GitHub Via DNS 61

An anonymous reader writes "Reports are coming in that the social coding site GitHub has been blocked in China. While the service has seen blocks in the country before, this appears to be a much broader denial of service, affecting most, if not all users in the world's most populous country online and offline. GitHub released a statement saying: 'GitHub is still investigating, but it does appear that we’re at least being partly blocked by the Great Firewall of China. We’re looking into it, and will update with more information when we have it.'"
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Chinese Government Appears To Be Blocking GitHub Via DNS

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  • Like an Apple nation (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Kotoku ( 1531373 ) on Monday January 21, 2013 @05:47PM (#42651245) Journal
    It is just like a nationwide apple app store. When they secretly pick who can compete in China and who cannot with these firewall rules they are manipulating The economy and picking winners and losers without merit (usually Chinese companies that knock off Western ideas).
  • by Yvanhoe ( 564877 ) on Monday January 21, 2013 @06:20PM (#42651553) Journal
    Well it IS actually insightful : Apple, fortunately, doesn't rule a country, but his process in approving contents for iPhones is pretty much the same : opaque and arbitrary, depending on hidden agenda and personal preferences. They used to push for no flash, no VoIP, no pornography. They allow themselves to forbid a standard, a technology, or a type of content. Their rejections come with minimal comment.

    No, really, the parallels are striking.
  • by Genda ( 560240 ) <> on Monday January 21, 2013 @06:58PM (#42651855) Journal

    Could it be that the Chinese Government is simply totalitarian with just enough wiggle room to allow a little capitalism to flourish for the moment? That the folks currently running China couldn't give a running fsck at a rolling doughnut what Mao thought, and that they are trying to steer 1.3 billion people through a crazy narrow place between keeping the wheels on the socialist cart and dealing with the pressures generated by information technology. On the other hand calling the folks at github "communist/capitalist" suggests that maybe you lack a deeper understanding of either? Perhaps? Of course you might just be making a bad joke in which case.. hahahahahahah :-)

    But really, China is about control and github is about no control, I fail to see the mystery.

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