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Ben Balter

@benbalter

Ben Balter is a Staff Technical Program Manager at GitHub, the world’s largest software development network. Previously, as the Senior Product Manager overseeing the platform’s Trust and Safety efforts, Ben shipped more than 500 features in support of community management, privacy, compliance, content moderation, product security, platform health, and open source workflows to ensure the GitHub community and platform remained safe, secure, and welcoming for all software developers. Before joining GitHub’s Product team, Ben served as GitHub’s Government Evangelist, leading the efforts to encourage more than 2,000 government organizations across 75 countries to adopt open source philosophies for code, data, and policy development.

Improving map data on GitHub

You've been able to view and diff geospatial data on GitHub for a while, but now, in addition to being able to collaborate on the GeoJSON files you upload to…

GitHub Enterprise, now on AWS GovCloud

GitHub is used by government agencies to collaborate on all sorts of interesting things, from software that aids first responders to White House policy, but sometimes agencies require a level…

Releases metadata for GitHub Pages

Last year, we exposed repository and organization metadata to help you showcase your open source efforts on GitHub Pages. We're adding releases metadata to that list, allowing you to more…

Open source license usage on GitHub.com

Open source license usage on GitHub.com

Open source simply isn't open source without a proper license. Unless you've explicitly told others that they can modify and reuse your work, you've only showed others your code; you…

GitHub Pages legacy IP brownout

This week we will be conducting a "brownout" of all misconfigured GitHub Pages sites. If your GitHub Pages site's DNS is pointed at an out-of-date IP address, we will intermittently…

GitHub Pages Legacy IP Deprecation

Update: We've extended the deprecation deadline to February 2, 2015 to give Pages users more time to update their DNS records. If you use a custom domain with GitHub Pages,…

GitHub Pages now runs Jekyll 2.2.0

We've upgraded GitHub Pages to support the latest version of Jekyll, the open source static site generator. Whether you're a new user or a savvy veteran, here are a few…

GitHub Pages <3

We're excited to share some recent improvements to GitHub Pages, which you may have already noticed rolling out over the past several weeks: Additional metadata for organization pages Many large…

Diffable, more customizable maps

We're excited to announce two improvements to mapping on GitHub today: diffs and feature-level customizations. Visualizing changes over time We added the ability to visualize geospatial data to GitHub last…

Introducing government.github.com

Governments at all levels have been using GitHub for some time now to build better, more accessible websites, publish laws and data, and even collaborate on policies themselves. Today we're…

Washington DC Drinkup

Hey Washingtonians, put down your paperwork and join @balevine, @benbalter, @bleything, @imbriaco, @jssjr, @lynnwallenstein, and @sroberts as we raise a :beer: to toast surviving yet another summer of sweltering D.C.…