Remarkably, Github has been very neutral for a long time. A code hosting site. Nothing more, nothing less.
Today, it's changed.
Github displays a "We stand with the Black community against police brutality" banner, linking to Campain Zero.
I think this is unbelievably sick and twisted. Yes, George Floyd's death was terrible and the cop should be tried. But how this has spiralled out of control into rioting and numerous innocent people getting hurt is just insane.
This video was banned from Youtube. I found it on Bitchute. Of all of the violence on Youtube, one honest compilation gets banned?
What about the store owner watching his wife be beat up by rioters? What about the people kicked to the curb for no reason at all?
Is Github saying they are in support of that? Two main groups, as far as I can tell, are the main instigators in the riots. Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Not all of them no, but they are the primary sources. And of course, numerous blacks pitching in.
Is this the world you want?
I realize Github is a private company and can do what they want. They've provided me a good service for free for many years. I have to thank them for that. However, they are also the Google of code hosting. So much is on there and it's basically a requirement as a developer to use Github. How long till they censor repositories and users that they deem incorrect?
This is the risk with centralized services. People can't agree on everything. The sooner we agree on that, the better.
From the software perspective, I encourage the following.
- Archive packages and source code of everything you use. Incorporate this into your workflow.
- Be able to deploy your entire environment (even if just a laptop) offline.
- Move all of your code hosting to your own infrastructure.
- Be prepared to be banned from major platforms. AWS, GCP, Github, LetsEncrypt.
Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. But at least you'll be prepared. I can see what's going on with Twitter now. I can almost feel the Silicon Valley vs semi-conservative censorship movement getting ready to explode.
Download everything you think is important. Every book, every video tutorial series. You may not be able to get access to it for one reason or the other. This is what I am doing.
I would love to help host "wrongthink" like DailyStormer, CoalFax, Soph, Murdoch Murdoch, and even the video above that was censored on Youtube for no good reason. But realistically, unless I have a datacenter with multiple options for carriers and a steady revenue stream, it's not going to happen. I'd rather teach you how to host. All I offer with SporeStack is just a proxy to companies that are likely to censor you.
And at the end of the day, the tides may turn eventually where the other side is unreasonably censored. Everything gets political at some point. Everything eventually gets emotional. Don't depend on anything or anyone else (speaking of groups here) as they can fail you. Be able to operate on your own.
I think this may have to come down to WiFi hotspots with archives of censored websites and .onion links. Raspberry Pis in your closet hosting Git repositories, accessible over Tor.
The Civil War has started. Online and offline. Be prepared in all ways. Live frugally and practically. Protect those you love. Leave those you don't. Gather those who understand. Hope those who don't will learn before it's too late. And for goodness' sake, carry a gun and learn how to use it well.