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China to require software on PCs to block sites [reuters.com]
The Chinese government has required that personal computer makers bundle software that filters Internet content from July 1, raising concerns over cyber-security as well as Internet freedoms.
The free "Green Dam-Youth Escort" software, developed by Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co, can effectively filter "unhealthy words and images," according to a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology document seen by Reuters.
Foreign computer makers are now caught between maintaining access to their fastest-growing major market, and concerns the mandatory software will make their products vulnerable to security breaches as well as potential malfunctions.
From July, every PC sold in China was supposed to be supplied with the Green Dam Youth Escort software.
The software was created to stop people looking at "offensive" content such as #*$!ographic or violent websites.
But widespread disapproval inside China, legal challenges and overseas criticism have forced the Chinese government to clarify its policy.
"The use of this software is not compulsory," an official with China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) told the AP news wire.
Countering China's Internet Censors [webmasterworld.com]
[edited by: Woz at 1:10 am (utc) on June 19, 2009]
[edit reason] Splicing & Tidying Up [/edit]
Is there anyway to know if your site is blocked in a particular country?
Here's a thread that might be of interest: Is my site blocked by the Great Firewall of China? [webmasterworld.com]