Governance, Startups

DoT Bans Github in India; Attempt to Cripple Startups?


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The Department of Telecom has issued a notice to the Internet Service Providers in India to block a total of 32 miscellaneous websites in their networks, including Vimeo, Dailymotion and Github. The notice doesn’t state the reason for this move. It was shared on Twitter by a user, in the tweet below

Among the websites mentioned in the list, Github is one of them. It is a global platform that provides code hosting services for collaborative software development, source code management services and allows users to share codes with friends, co-workers and track & assign issues to teammates. The platform is one of the key tools that any technology startup uses. Putting a ban on it will directly affect all the existing and upcoming startups, and this directly contradicts with the Government’s announcements to support startups.

This announcement comes shortly after the news of Slideshare’s Founder Amit Ranjan joining Department of Electronics and Information Technology’s project on creating a Github like platform. Could this be the possible reason for blocking it?

Update: Arvind Gupta, National Head – IT Cell, clarifies the issue saying that The websites that have been blocked were based on an advisory by Anti Terrorism Squad, and were carrying Anti India content from ISIS. Check Below

Also, the TOI reported that BSNL and Vodafone have already blocked the access. At the time of writing this post, we were able to access Vimeo and Github through our Airtel broadband, but it could be expected that they’ll block the sites soon too. Is the Government trying to replicate China’s model by taking autonomy over what can people access and what they can’t? If that’s the case then we should soon be expecting Indian alternatives to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter etc. The move is being questioned by many individuals on Twitter too.

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    I can’t understand why people don’t use a VPN. I’ve been using PureVPN for 2 years now and I can punch through these stupid censorships whenever I want. I recommend all my Indian friends to get a good VPN service, immediately.

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    Seems like BJP govt is more stupid even than congress . In name of development they are doing all sort of nonsensical works . People who dont have any work they only ban the website and site like babus . Why cant they just remove objectional content ?????? rather than banning entire site ??? Are they idiots or what .

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    Github is very important for Startup Ecosystem, Government should think much before taking actions, I believe Google and Facebook are more damaging then a source code repository from Terrorism view point, block them!! Why GitHUB??

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