Yesterday, news broke that GitHub was setting up a subsidiary in China. It comes after Chinese developers raised concerns about not being able to access GitHub because of China-U.S. relations, and recently Erica Brescia, GitHub’s chief operating officer, revealed in an interview with the Financial Times that she was considering a Chinese branch and had received potential support.
GitHub’s China Program
According to the Financial Times, GitHub’s chief operating officer, Erica Brescia, said GitHub was considering setting up a subsidiary in China because of U.S. government restrictions. Chinese developers are concerned that U.S. export restrictions will eventually make them inaccessible to GitHub, the report said.
Once access is restricted, this is not ideal for a platform specifically designed to provide people with simple, continuous access to technology projects. There have also been precedents, with GitHub restricting developer accounts in Iran, Syria and Crimea earlier this year because of U.S. trade laws. As a result, opening a subsidiary in China ensures that GitHub users in that country do not lose access to important code repositories any time soon.
Photo via screenshot of Erica Brescia’s Twitter
Brescia said GitHub plans to open a “foreign-owned subsidiary in China, starting with the general manager” before exploring “joint ventures and the possibility of hosting GitHub content in China.”
After meeting with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Public Security, GitHub was warmly welcomed by the Chinese government, who both hoped to retain access to the GitHub repository, the report said. They speculate that it is also likely that Beijing is stepping up efforts to phase out foreign hardware and software in favour of domestic alternatives, which could be based on open source projects, some of which are hosted on GitHub.
And for GitHub, they don’t want to lose access to the Chinese market. Although many of its features are provided free of charge, the company also offers paid service plans that extend from a single developer to a corporate customer with many employees. Losing contact with China can have a significant impact on GitHub’s revenue. The report also mentions that Microsoft bought the company in June 2018 for $7.5 billion, and its shareholders may not want to risk the war just because of the Sino-US trade war.
Is it a joy or a worry?
Once the news spread, many developers expressed their views on GitHub’s opening of a subsidiary in China;
Category 1: Strong support anyway
It’s not hard to see from the text that this type of netizen should like GitHub very much or be a very committed policy advocate. It has to be said that if Github can really get into China, not only the programmers will benefit the most, Github itself will be able to punch the big market in China and have the opportunity to form a good market competition with our open source community; This platform in the user’s mind is very good image.
Category 2: Disbelief, Worry
The thinking of this type of netizen sits ahead of schedule, and they think of a lot of things related to GitHub’s entry into the country. For example, “How to handle some illegal items,” “How to allocate restricted power in the region,” and “How GitHub will be chinese?” and so on.
The third category: dialectical view, multidimensional analysis
This kind of netizens in addition to thinking ahead, but also consider more detailed. They think about it from different dimensions; they even brainstorm solutions to the problems in each dimension.
But either way, we can see that you’re looking forward to the GitHub tool itself. From the world’s point of view, open source is very influential in the development of world technology in all fields, and for many developers, GitHub’s presence as the world’s largest open source community is indispensable.
So what do you think of gitHub’s “GitHub in China” program as a developer? Welcome message to discuss together