China has been making moves to increase the censorship of the internet. Their internet filtration system, the Great Firewall, prevents Chinese internet users to gain access to certain websites. Recently, GitHub, a website that contains codes for programmers, has been the victim of a recent technological attack.
The New York times says, “The aggressive new strategy shows vividly how Beijing is struggling to balance its desire to control the flow of information online with the aim of encouraging the growth of its tech sector.” The attack on GitHub was preformed by redirecting high levels of internet traffic to GitLab in order to crash their site. Included in the large database of code at GitHub is code that allows users to get around the Great Firewall. Many people believe that this attack was sent to GitHub as a message to remove the code that allows users to circumvent the firewall.
This attack is the most recent act of censorship by the Chinese and many people are becoming alarmed due to the fact that their expression is being limited. The New York Times reports that, “The new attacks come as Beijing has increased censorship in China, and grown more vocal about how the Internet should be governed globally.”