China delays filtering order

June 30, 2009
Owing to public outcry, the Beijing government has delayed its July 1 deadline that censorship software be present on all computers sold in China, according to a statement Tuesday from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The government has said the so-called Green Dam web filtering is intended to censor pornography, but critics worry the software also enables political censorship and may enable monitoring of users' systems. Researchers also have determined that Green Dam contains security vulnerabilities. The government said it still will offer the software as a free download for schools and other entities that want it. – GM
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