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China Delays Green Dam Youth Escort Filtering Plans

Depending on the news outlets, China has either delayed or cancelled its internet filtering application, known as Green Dam Youth Escort, after being criticised both by inside and outside the country.

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology didn't set any new deadline for the launch of the application that filters online adult material as well as anti-governmental websites. It failed however to give more details as to the reasons behind the move.

But for those who think that the Chinese government is backing down, they might be sorely disappointed. It appears that it was actually the computer manufacturers which might have asked the authorities for more time.

Taipei Times also reported that Acer, the world's third largest PC Maker, has already said that it will comply with the government order to install the controversial application on all new computers. HP and Dell, respective the number one and two PC makers worldwide, say that they are currently monitoring the situation.

Furthermore, there are claims that the developer Green Dam Youth Escort application has violated the intellectual properties of a California-based company called Solid Oak Software Inc. It has already appointed lawyers in the US and in China to make sure its IP rights are respected.


Our Comments

China has cracked down recently on pornographic content available online and offline. It did destroy a sex focused Love Land theme park back in May 2009 and earlier this month managed to block Google and a few other websites because they had links to pornographic websites.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.