China backs down over Green Dam internet monitoring software

China has dropped plans to force all its computer users to install controversial Green Dam internet monitoring software following a storm of protest at home and abroad.In what was being seen as a climbdown on the issue, China’s industry and information technology minister, Li Yizhong, said that the “Green Dam Youth Escort” software would now be “voluntary”, leaving users free to decide whether or not to install it.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/6020565/China-backs-down-over-Green-Dam-internet-monitoring-software.htmlAlso see:China scales back screening plan
China has scaled back its plans to install controversial net filtering software on its citizens’ computers.In June, the government said that all PCs would have to have the “Green Dam Youth Escort” software installed to filter out objectionable material.The announcement caused an outcry in China and further afield.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8198931.stmChina drops Green Dam web filtering system
Chinese officials appear to have retreated from their controversial plan to install an internet filtering system on computers in the country.The industry and information technology minister, Li Yizhong, said today that the notion that the Green Dam programme would be required on every new computer was “a misunderstanding” spawned by poorly written regulations.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/aug/13/china-drops-web-censorshipChina Scales Back Software Filter Plan
Chinese officials retreated on Thursday from a plan to install so-called anti-pornography software on every computer sold here, saying instead that Internet cafes, schools and other public places must use the program, but that individual consumers will be spared.The industry and information technology minister, Li Yizhong, said the notion that the program, called Green Dam/Youth Escort, would be required on every new computer was “a misunderstanding” spawned by poorly written regulations.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/14/world/asia/14censor.htmlQ+A – China’s backdown over Internet filter plans
China has confirmed its backdown from a plan to preinstall controversial “Green Dam” filtering software on all personal computers sold in the country, though it will still be rolled out in schools and Internet bars.Li Yizhong, minister of industry and information technology, said on Thursday that the unveiling in June of plans to put the software on all computers — which provoked a huge international outcry — had “not been thoughtful enough”.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-41755120090814China backtracks on PC software filters
Beijing has stepped back from attempts to force the installation of a filtering software on all personal computers produced or sold in China, finally defusing a controversy that caused uproar in the industry and threatened to spark friction over trade with the country.The government will continue to install Green Dam/Youth Escort, a program developed at Beijing’s behest by two domestic software makers, on PCs in schools, internet cafés and other public spaces, said Li Yizhong, minister for industry and information technology.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8836165c-8839-11de-82e4-00144feabdc0.htmlChina ditches compulsory Green Dam plans
China has ditched plans to force foreign and domestic computer manufacturers to install internet filtering technology in computers sold inside its borders.The Chinese government paid $5.85m (£3.53m) to develop the software called Green Dam and claimed it was being installed to stop access to porn on computers and protect children.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2247816/china-ditches-compulsory-greenChina Will Not Enforce Green Dam Porn Filter Plan [IDG]
China said Thursday it will not force PC makers to bundle an Internet filtering program with computers sold in the country, backing down from a plan that stirred global controversy.China will “definitely not” require the program, called Green Dam, to be packaged with all consumer PCs, said Li Yizhong, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, according to a transcript of his statements on a government Web portal.
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