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Sony is the first to begin shipping PCs with Green Dam software

Although PC makers may not be overly happy with the Chinese government's demand to install filtering and censorship software on each PC and notebook sold in the country, manufacturers are reluctantly agreeing.

Sony has become the first major manufacturer to install the necessary Green Dam Youth Escort Internet filtering software, with the company now shipping PCs that has the software pre-installed.  The government-issued requirement will officially go into effect on Wednesday, July 1, and it's unknown which companies will   

Acer and other PC manufacturers are expected to follow suit, and will comply with Chinese law requiring the pre-installed web-filtering software.  Although it's possible for Dell, Hewlett-Packard and several others to wait for some type of diplomatic intervention, but China has been reluctant to embrace other governments and regulatory bodies trying to interfere within its borders.

China said the software would be used only to block online pornography and other crude content, however, the government is well known for censoring political material.

However, many retailers in China either are unaware of Green Dam, or don't care if PCs have the software pre-installed.  It's possible that any custom built PCs not sold brand new in stores will be sold in street markets without the mandatory software, so it will be interesting to see if the Chinese government tries to crack down on this behavior.

Despite boasting a possible consumer base of more than 300 million active Internet users, the Chinese market isn't as mature as rival Asian nations of Japan and South Korea.  However, as the number of internet users continues to rise in China, manufacturers can see dollar signs, even if they have to deal with higher restrictions imposed by the Chinese government.

The Chinese government is very restrictive about the material Internet users inside its borders may look at, though this filtering software takes it a step further than the great red firewall.  In addition, there also has been concern over possible security risks and the likelihood the Green Dam software relies on pirated code to operate

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One Word
By MrPoletski on 6/30/2009 8:36:49 AM , Rating: 2

Problem solved.

RE: One Word
By smackababy on 6/30/2009 8:39:10 AM , Rating: 3
That is not the point though. China is requiring all PCs come preloaded with censorship software.

RE: One Word
By feraltoad on 6/30/2009 9:47:39 AM , Rating: 5
Beats Norton.

RE: One Word
By Noliving on 6/30/2009 10:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
Hey in all fairness 2009 version of norton was a heck of a lot better then all previous versions combined.

RE: One Word
By mikeyD95125 on 7/1/2009 5:18:30 AM , Rating: 2
Yes just so everyone is clear everyone has the ability to uninstall this software from their computer. It's not illegal to remove it. It's kind of like all the crappy software you already get pre-installed on your new Dell/HP/Sony except mandated by the government and not a source of revenue.

In the end it is really not a big deal. Now if the Chinese government made it a law that you cannot uninstall Green dam I would have an issue with that.

I think the real crime
By amanojaku on 6/30/2009 8:43:24 AM , Rating: 3
Is aiding and abetting this content filter. We all expect the Chinese government to be a dictatorship, but Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, et. al. should be ashamed. Yeah, I know you want to make a buck and the economy is in the toilet, but this is about supporting basic human rights. I guess I won't be buying anything from YOU guys anytime soon.

RE: I think the real crime
By NicodemusMM on 6/30/2009 12:26:09 PM , Rating: 3
So internet access and porn are considered basic human rights? It seems like everything is a basic human right these days.

I disagree with a government body interfering like this or potentially using this to block dissenting political sites. However I don't think the PC manufacturers of the world should sacrifice their already battered bottom line because Green Dam is intrusive.

Every nation has some type of hoops on imports/exports that manufacturers have to jump through. (Encryption standards, Underwriting, RoHS, etc.)

- Nicodemus

RE: I think the real crime
By PrinceGaz on 6/30/2009 1:00:27 PM , Rating: 2
RE: I think the real crime
By ggordonliddy on 6/30/2009 6:37:58 PM , Rating: 2
The UK must be silenced with cheese graters.

RE: I think the real crime
By Buspar on 7/1/2009 4:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
Lenovo is a Chinese company partially owned by the government, so it makes perfect sense for them to follow their own rule regarding the software. The others don't have that excuse, of course.

I love the title
By Randomblame on 6/30/2009 11:42:04 AM , Rating: 2
Why not change the title of this to "nothing new to report" because thats how I read it.

RE: I love the title
By TxJeepers on 6/30/2009 12:25:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. IMO DT has been hurting on finding news to post lately.

RE: I love the title
By TxJeepers on 6/30/2009 1:05:28 PM , Rating: 2
Post is Null now anyway. [H]ard|OCP already has link to latest news on this, which is China has postponed this.

By Pneumothorax on 6/30/2009 8:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
Well, since pretty much all pc makers (heck even Taiwanese ones) all decided to build all their pc's/notebooks in China, they don't really have a choice.

By Murloc on 6/30/2009 11:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
that doesn't really matter, it's just a matter of selling or not selling your PCs in a fast growing market.

I'm glad I live in America
By Shig on 6/30/2009 1:25:15 PM , Rating: 2
Before you know it, the European Union will start doing this.

This will NEVER happen in the US.

RE: I'm glad I live in America
By icanhascpu on 6/30/2009 4:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah! They will never advertise capped internet usage as Unlimited either!

English version?
By vailr on 6/30/2009 6:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
For those looking to try it out & see what "makes it tick":
download page for the Chinese version:
Guess it's not available in English?
Linked from this English language page:

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