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China's citizens celebrated the government's decision to delay the Green Dam filtering software that was supposed to be installed on all computers by July 1. China has over 300 million internet users, the most of any nation in the world.  (Source: Isiria on WordPress)
China's Green Dam Youth Escort plans have been shelved

In June news broke of an ambitious new campaign in China to filter it citizen's computers.  Titled the Green Dam Youth Escort, it required all new computers to come with filtering software.  While China claimed the move was to protect against pornography, many citizens feared further government monitoring and computer manufacturers didn't enjoy being forced to include the new software.

Now China's government-run Xinhua news agency has announced that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology would "delay the mandatory installation of the controversial 'Green Dam-Youth Escort' filtering software on new computers."

Wen Yunchao, an editor at the popular Chinese website Netease cheered the mood, stating, "This was the result of combined pressure from domestic Internet users and an array of forces at home and abroad...  No matter what, for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to make this last-minute decision was a small victory for the forces of justice."

Across the nation the mood was similarly festive.  In Beijing, a planned protest party at an internet cafe became a daylong celebration instead.  The 200 attendees, dressed in shirts mocking the Green Dam, enjoyed a traditional Chinese breakfast than spent the remainder of the day talking, drinking, and surfing the net.

Zhou Ze, a Beijing lawyer who challenged the legality of the plan was among those in a festive mood in Beijing.  Mr. Ze had took issue with the Green Dam software's provisions which would shut down gay-themed message boards, considered an important tool for those who practice alternative lifestyles in China.  States Mr. Ze, "This shows that social pressure can't be ignored, that public opinion has some impact."

While China may eventually recommence its efforts, it faces a tougher uphill battle, having already given in and delayed the launch.  The move is opposed by the U.S. government, by the computer industry, by internet and free speech advocates, and by many of China's own citizens.  With the world's largest internet population -- with 300 million users -- China is finding it harder to silence and censor its citizens’ activities.

China's internet traffic from external sources is still restricted by the "Great Firewall of China" a massive project that blocks foreign IPs the ruling party finds offensive and tracks users.  The back down places computer manufacturer Sony in an awkward position, as it raced to install the software ahead of schedule and now is left wondering what to do.

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By Boze on 7/1/2009 9:54:01 AM , Rating: 5 that no matter how tight your stranglehold on it, someone, somewhere, someway will find a way to still breathe in that fresh breath of freedom.

This is a small victory for China, but its an important one. In time, I believe more and more steps like this will be taken, and eventually China's government will begin to mirror America's and Britain's. The advent of the Internet has allowed the Chinese to witness the power of a free nation, and like partaking in any forbidden activity that's pleasurable, once you've done it, you want to do it again and again.

I may not live to see it, but maybe my children will live to see a United <Insert Word Here> of China were human rights are respected, religions of all type are tolerated, and dissenting opinions can be voiced without fear.

Did nobody notice the keyword?
By tastyratz on 7/1/2009 10:30:19 AM , Rating: 5
Industry and Information Technology would " delay the mandatory installation of the controversial 'Green Dam-Youth Escort' filtering software on new computers."

All they said was that it would be delayed . This does not mean its done for, this doesn't mean opression is lifted or the project was scrapped... it just means they didn't meet the deadline with satisfactory results. They are probably still working on it and will just push it at a later date. I'm glad it was at least delayed, but it needs to be stopped and scrapped... for good.

By bubbastrangelove on 7/1/2009 9:51:52 AM , Rating: 2
Those kids will find a way to circumvent the software 15 minutes after it's installed.

RE: Futile
By Samus on 7/1/2009 6:11:00 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think kids are interested in circumventing the blocks of youth-escort services. More likely to be old, smelly men.

Green Dam -- what a stupid idea and waste of money
By on 7/1/2009 10:21:30 AM , Rating: 2
Green Dam is not only a political nightmare, it is a waste of money and human/labor resources too. Only ignorant bureaucrat from bloated agencies would think such software could actually work. It works for Windows, how about them Linux?

By rudy on 7/1/2009 12:07:27 PM , Rating: 2
Ya I was thinking apple would see increased sales since it would probably not run on anything but windows machines and maybe only XP. Plus a local solution is stupid since people can so easily get around it. I think the bigger issue is the Chinese government realized that the massive censoring they are doing is putting a huge burden on their networks and they were hoping to offload that burden partly to the consumer.

By Earthmonger on 7/1/2009 4:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
It still surprises me that a country with a population like China's is willing to sit down and endure the abuse of their government. I just don't understand it.

Obviously more people must support the actions than those who oppose it, but we're only hearing from one side.

A Shame
By toyotabedzrock on 7/1/2009 11:00:13 PM , Rating: 2
What a shame, can you imagine all the fun US hackers would have had.

By Screwballl on 7/1/09, Rating: -1
RE: legality?
By WoWCow on 7/1/2009 10:08:20 AM , Rating: 3
Excuse me but in a Communist government, is anything really illegal???

Yes, that is called the subversion of the the Chinese Government.

RE: legality?
By Obujuwami on 7/1/2009 12:12:19 PM , Rating: 4
You do know communism is actually a system of government and, to be honest, China is no more communist than the US is. They are a free trade dictatorship whether or not they want to admit it. Demonstrations for democracy and calls for open elections are met with an iron fist response and are almost NEVER reported in the news here in the states due to the fact that most media in China is government controlled.

RE: legality?
By Obujuwami on 7/1/2009 12:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
ack, I meant a system of economics!

RE: legality?
By gmljosea on 7/1/2009 4:07:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually both.

RE: legality?
By chick0n on 7/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: legality?
By androticus on 7/2/2009 8:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
Might the overwhelming majority of people who found themselves in Guantanamo found themselves there because, like, they were TERRORISTS engaged in military battlefield activities against the U.S.???

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