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China is requiring personal computers sold in the country to carry software that blocks online pornography and other Web sites, potentially giving one of the world's most sophisticated censorship regimes even more control over the Internet.
The software's developer said Monday the tool would give parents more oversight by preventing computers from accessing sites with pornographic pictures or language. Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co., which won a government contract to develop the "Green Dam-Youth Escort" filtering software, was compiling a database of sites to block.
Having identified China as a key growing market, Japanese computer manufacturers are racing to meet the country’s new requirement for personal computers to have pre-installed filtering software designated by the government, starting next month.
The Chinese government said Tuesday it will require all PCs sold in mainland China, including foreign made products, to have government-designated software that blocks access to certain sites from July 1 onwards.
At a time when the global economic slump has dented demand for PCs in the U.S. and European markets, China is a promising market where Japanese manufacturers anticipate robust sales.
Japanese makers such as Toshiba Corp and Sony Corp are therefore hurrying to meet the deadline. But with less than one month until the requirement takes effect, they have limited information about the software, while their rivals in China are reportedly making PCs pre-installed with the software, industry officials said.
Originally posted by titorite
ELECTRICITY IS NOT A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT! Nor is the internet which can only work IF you have electricity to power it..
[edit on 13-6-2009 by titorite]