Our colleagues at MuyComputerPRO have voiced that GitHub now under Microsoft, has begun blocking the user accounts of countries affected by US trade sanctions, including the Crimea, including the Cuba, including Iran, North Korea and Syria .
This may respond to the fact that Microsoft would put pressure on GitHub to enforce restrictions imposed by the White House, some of which, as in Cuba, have existed since the arrival of Donald Trump in the US presidency . For example, Red Hat's criticism for not trading in Cuba is known, which stems from what has already been explained and concerns Fedora (and many other products and services).
Geographic restrictions applied by GitHub have been imposed. in part, the fears of many developers about the future of the service after its acquisition by Microsoft, as until recently it was an area of freedom for anyone to participate. The case of Anatoly Kashkin a Russian developer who lives on the Crimean peninsula and is responsible for GameHub, a GNU / Linux application that combines Steam, GOG and Humble Bundle games, is particularly voiced. This man recently discovered that his GitHub account was suspended and that he was unable to access his repositories and apparently did not give him a solution because the situation was the result of a request from the United States Government.  Following the disclosure of the GitHub scandal, it was necessary to refuse to explain the following: "It is the responsibility of users to ensure that the content they develop and share on GitHub.com is in compliance with US export control laws. ., including the EAR (Export Administration Regulation) and the US Arms Traffic Regulation. (ITAR) ”SourceForge is another option, but it is unclear if it is available from countries sanctioned by the US administration, as it is also based in the North American country.
The position of GitHub may be even worse than it looks now, because of a situation of dominant dual status. First, GitHub is the most used blacksmith in the world, amassing more than 100 million repositories, including Linux (replica) and many other well-known projects. Second, the strong dominance of the United States in the software industry can make it difficult for people living in countries in the "democratic breakdown" of the US administration to gain access to technology. Is it time for the European Union to have its own big independent forge?