The Download: Open source censorship in China, and US kids are more anxious than ever

Earlier this month, thousands of software developers in China woke up to find that the open-source code they hosted on Gitee, a state-backed Chinese competitor to the international code repository platform GitHub, had been locked and hidden from public view.

Geeti released a statement later that day stating that the locked code is being reviewed manually, as all open-source code must be available before it can be published. The company has “no choice,” he wrote. Geeti did not respond to a request for comment from the MIT Technology Review, but did say that the Chinese government had imposed more censorship.

The move comes as a shock to the open-source software community in China, which celebrates transparency and global collaboration. The code was supposed to be chaotic. Ultimately, these developers fear that it may discourage people from contributing to open-source projects, and that China’s software industry will suffer as a result. Read the full story.

– Zei Yang

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