China filter software faces tough sell in digital bazaar

China’s latest Internet controls have been assailed by rights advocates and Washington, and yet the real challenge to its “Green Dam” plan may be the nation’s own computer market, an anarchic digital bazaar.Starting from Wednesday, the government has ordered that personal computers sold in China must leave manufacturers with Green Dam filter software intended to block obscene images and, critics say, deter political dissent. see:Internet censorship
China’s internet censors have been working overtime again. PC makers have been told to add internet filtering software to every machine sold in the country from Wednesday and Google has been ordered to cut off access to foreign websites from its local Chinese service.Though done in the name of fighting pornography, these measures would also give the censors far greater powers to limit information and communication they find politically inconvenient.

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