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Minister: Consumers' rights to be fully respected in filtering software-Special
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15:24, August 14, 2009

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Consumers will have the full freedom of choosing to install the filtering software Green Dam in their computers nor not; however, the software will be installed in computers in public places like schools and web bars, announced Li Yizhong, minister for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. more

What is it?
'Green Dam' does its job jamming Internet content
The "Green Dam" software is designed to block "websites with unhealthy content such as pornography and violence".

Green Dam breached, patch-up in progress
The developer has been ordered to rush software patches to address security problems which have cropped up.

Why so many different voices?
Filter does not do it, education does
It is really important that the ministry or other relevant government agencies to outline and state clearly what criteria will be used to making blocking decisions, since the software is believed to hold up other harmful contents in addition to porn. Then, there lies the problem: Who decides what is harmful?

Is China's porn filter 'spyware' or 'green dam'?
Authorities have promised the software is not complicated enough to act as spy-ware.

Green Dam, Google and Internet regulation
The line between government regulation and public legal rights sometimes is difficult to draw, and it seems especially so in regulating the Internet. Every netizen wants to have unrestricted freedom to use the Internet, but a healthy Internet is required for the good of the society.

A right supplier?

"Green Dam" developers harassed by threat calls
The threats came after the Chinese government announced it would have all new computers in the country pre-installed with the "Green Dam" filter software packages.

Green Dam developers face copyright suit
Chinese developers of a controversial software to filter pornography may face legal action from the US makers of a similar Internet filter.

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