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China says the software won't filter political content, only porn

The internet is rife with content that many users find objectionable. There are a number of software products that can be installed on computers to prevent unauthorized access to content that parent or corporations deem objectionable.

In China, the government is now set to force computer makers to bundle software with all computers sold in the country that filters content from the internet. The requirement is raising concerns over cyber-security and freedom.

The Chinese government wants the Green Dam-Youth Escort software, developed in China by Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co, to be installed on all PCs sold in the country to  filter so-called "unhealthy words and images" reports Reuters.

The issue for foreign computer companies selling products in China is that to continue selling in one of the fastest growing market in the world, the companies have to bundle software that could cause the machines to be more vulnerable to security breached and malfunctions.

According to the Chinese government the software must be installed, "in order to consolidate the achievements of the online campaign against pornography, combine punishment and prevention, protect the healthy growth of young people, and promote the internet's healthy and orderly development."

Reuters reports that while most aspects of the security software are unknown, some manufactures worry the software could be a channel for industrial espionage. According to Chinese leaders, the software can’t be used to filter things like political content because it looks for pornographic images.

The software would be able to be defeated by the computer end-user says the Chinese government, and the use of the software by the end-user wouldn't be required.

The Chinese computer industry is expected to grow by about 3% in 2009 to over 42 million PCs shipped. Companies like ASUS are looking to China to increase their global PC sales.

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RE: Cruel
By amanojaku on 6/8/2009 7:14:42 PM , Rating: 3
This is definitely cruel and unusual. Another DT poster said it best (sorry, I forget the name)

The Internet is for porn
The Internet is for porn
Why do you think the 'net was born?
Porn, porn, porn!

RE: Cruel
By TSS on 6/8/2009 7:26:31 PM , Rating: 3
comes from this lil video:

been around for a while ^^

RE: Cruel
By amanojaku on 6/8/2009 7:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe I've never seen that before. <Wipes tears from eyes> Thank you, thank you!

RE: Cruel
By Rookierookie on 6/8/2009 9:37:36 PM , Rating: 5
I have to say, blocking out porn is much, much worse than any political filtering.

RE: Cruel
By StevoLincolnite on 6/9/2009 1:03:53 AM , Rating: 4
Sometimes I wish I could filter out politics...

RE: Cruel
By cheetah2k on 6/9/2009 9:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
I can see the headlines now "Green Dam-Youth Escort software, developed in China by Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co, Hacked within minutes........" :-p

So whats stopping anyone from just uninstalling it, or just re-installing the OS?

RE: Cruel
By mikeyD95125 on 6/10/2009 12:43:29 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing I guess. The article says users aren't required to use it. It's kinda like all the other crappy pre-installed software you get when you buy a pre-made PC.

RE: Cruel
By GeorgeOu on 6/9/2009 1:14:41 AM , Rating: 5
No, here's the original critically aclaimed stage version. The WOW version is a spoof of the play Avenue Q.

RE: Cruel
By overzealot on 6/9/2009 6:24:07 AM , Rating: 2
Stealing audio does not a spoof make.

RE: Cruel
By inperfectdarkness on 6/9/2009 11:03:06 AM , Rating: 3
uncultured people who've never seen avenue Q.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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