Monday, June 08, 2009

Joke of the day

China Squeezes PC Makers
Beijing Is Set to Require Web Filter That Would Censor 'Harmful' Internet Sites

BEIJING -- China plans to require that all personal computers sold in the country as of July 1 be shipped with software that blocks access to certain Web sites, a move that could give government censors unprecedented control over how Chinese users access the Internet.

The government [...] says the effort is aimed at protecting young people from "harmful" content. The primary target is pornography, says the main developer of the software, a company that has ties to China's security ministry and military.

The government, which has told global PC makers of the requirement but has yet to announce it to the public, says the effort is aimed at protecting young people from "harmful" content. The primary target is pornography, says the main developer of the software, a company that has ties to China's security ministry and military.

The software requirement was outlined in a notice that was issued by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on May 19 but that hasn't yet been publicized by state media. The notice, a copy of which was seen by The Wall Street Journal, says PC makers must ship PCs to be sold in China as of July 1 with the Green Dam software "preloaded" -- pre-installed or enclosed on a CD.

Foreign industry officials say companies have been given little time to properly test Green Dam. "The lack of transparency, the shortness of time for implementation, and the incredible scope of the requirement that is not matched anywhere around the world present tremendous challenges to the industry," said an industry official who has discussed the plans with several major PC makers.

An excerpt from "China Squeezes PC Makers", Wall Street Journal, 8 June 2009.

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Blogger sabrina said...

Can somebody please tell me what is so wrong with porn????!!!

Dude u better get out of that country soon!!!!

1:32 pm, June 08, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Oh there are various ways to get around the government's mechanisms - they are shot full of leaky holes.

Who needs porn when the great firewall has more dripping orifices than a stack of hardcare DVDs?

4:16 pm, June 08, 2009  

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