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README.md

A Message to GitHub

English | 简体中文 | Español | Ελληνικά | Italiano | Русский | فارسی | Français | Deutsch | Հայերէն | Српски | العربية | Türkçe | Português do Brasil | Nederlands | 한국어

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Tip: You can use this extension or this extension or this tampermonkey script or Stylish to hide this yellow box!

UPDATE: The warning message is dismissable now.

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Introduction

GitHub used to be an open and free platform for everyone, but it has decided to restrict Iranian accounts from contributing and being part of the open-source ecosystem. Although we understand GitHub might make this decision under the pressure of US government, we were expecting a more respectful action from GitHub.

  1. GitHub restricted our access to private repositories suddenly, but at the very least we wanted GitHub to warn us before limiting our access.

  2. GitHub decided to take one step further and ban every user that used Iran’s IP address somewhere their history no matter where she/he is living, while they could just restrict access by IP address like other US-based companies. This action is kind of ban by nationality.

Eventually, we are hoping that GitHub’s team will:

  • Let us download our private repositories and gists and also make them public (setting control). UPDATE: It is possible now to make private repositories public, however this option is not available on private gists (containing IDE Setting Sync files etc.) yet.
  • Change their restriction policies so as to not limit users based on their Nationality.
  • Announce their decision publicly and apologize for making this situation (like what Slack did before in the same situation: https://slackhq.com/an-apology-and-an-update).
  • UPDATE GitHub page are now working for restricted persons.

Open-source projects made by Iranian developers

Some examples of open-source projects created by Iranian developers:

You can find the full list here.

How you can support us

You can spread the message everywhere you can, and keep the Free Software “as in Free speech”. You can:

  • Star and share this repo on social platforms with #githubForEveryone.
  • Add a folder with your username in “together” folder.
  • Write a piece of code that prints “GitHub is for everyone” (in any language you wish).
  • Create a pull request.
  • Add your name and your country to the supporters section.

Further Readings

News

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  • GitHub page are now working for restricted persons.

Supporters

Supporters