Despite its promise to cater to the needs of individual developers, the latest wave of sanctions has forced the open-source platform to even block former employees of sanctioned firms.
Major developer platform Github has reportedly blocked more than a dozen accounts of Russian developer’s associated with organizations sanctioned by the United States government.
The sanctioned accounts include some of the largest banks in Russia: Sberbank and Alfa-Bank, as well as individual developers with links to the sanctioned firms. However, many individual accounts with no links or ties to sanctioned firms were also blocked in the process, Researcher Sergey Bobrov, who reportedly has no links to any such firm, reported that his account was suspended on April 15 and then immediately restored.
My github account is unlocked, thanks everyone. The ban was related to the sanctions imposed on my previous employer.
— Sergey Bobrov (@Black2Fan) April 15, 2022
Another individual developer, Vadim Yanitskiy, wrote:
“My Github account has been suspended without prior notification. Perhaps because I am ethnically Russian. ‘GitHub’s vision is to be the home for all developers, no matter where they reside,’ they said.”
Github is a popular software development platform used for storing, tracking and collaborating on software projects. It enables developers to upload their own code files and to collaborate with fellow developers on open-source projects. It has become a core part of the crypto ecosystem because of its open-source nature.
As per early reports, most of the firms and developers facing suspension belong to private Russian banks and no crypto firm or developer was impacted. Github didn’t respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment at publishing time.
After a few Russian developers contacted Github regarding the suspension, they received a response, explaining the reasons behind their suspension with an added link through which they could appeal.
The blocking of individual developers’ accounts has raised many questions, especially when the open-source platform has promised “ to ensure free open source services are available to all, including developers in Russia.”