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GitHub Is Now Where China’s Tech Workers Vent Outside Reach Of Censors

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Check out this great piece by Emily Feng over at NPR.

China is remarkably successful at scrubbing its Internet of social dissent. Twitter and Facebook have been blocked ever since deadly ethnic riots in 2009. Chinese social media platforms employ armies of internal censors to take down posts, images and even emojis.

But this month, coordinated dissent has popped up in an unexpected place: GitHub, the world’s largest open-source site that lets programmers collaborate on code. (GitHub is owned by Microsoft, which is an NPR funder.)

Thousands of posts by China’s beleaguered tech workers have deluged GitHub in the last month protesting “996” schedules — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week — and demanding better working conditions.

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