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PC Companies Ask China to Ditch Filter

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Computer companies are this week pleading with China to backtrack on its decision to mandate web filtering software.

The Wall Street Journal today reports seeing a letter signed by nineteen organizations and sent to China’s Minister of Industry Information and Technology. The companies who signed off on the letter say that the plan to have web filtering software installed on every computer sold in mainland China raises “significant questions of security privacy, system reliability, the free flow of information and user choice,” and urged the Chinese government to reconsider implementing the requirement.

The news comes following several recent developments. The Chinese government announced early this week that the software was not compulsory but would still ship with every computer sold. In other words, just because it’s on your computer when you get it, doesn’t mean you have to keep it the software.

Around the same time that China announced that no one would be forced to use Green Dam, a Santa Barbara-based company called Solid Oak alleged that parts of the software contained coding taken directly from Solid Oak’s own filtering software, Cybersitter, which is aimed at parents. Solid Oak has reportedly sent cease and desist orders to HP and Dell, blocking the two from shipping PCs with the software pre-installed.

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    erigolhuhu , June 18, 2009 6:52 PM
    For 3 days every single article from Tom's has 90% of comments about it's bad quality and almost nothing about the information itself ...

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    sailfish , June 18, 2009 7:12 PM
    The real story here is that the weenie companies who signed off on the censorship in the first place are now trying to weasel their way out of their own culpability in agreeing to install it in the first place, meh!
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    erigolhuhu , June 18, 2009 7:39 PM
    marcus_brSurprisingly you haven't ended this article with "what you think? let us know", which may explain why i'm the first poster.


    Isn't this a complain?
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    erigolhuhu , June 18, 2009 8:10 PM
    Oh ... sorry haha

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    hikayu , June 19, 2009 6:23 AM
    ha ! like a letter going to work . unless you're living under a rock ( it might means literally in china ) , you should already know that china doesnt give a crap about privacy , human's right , mrality or anything that doesnt involving with money . all they care is their money and their long-lasting "legacy" .tell me , since when did the chinese get an update version on history book . as im sure , 99% of all facts in the history book on anything after 1900 has been bended to fit their way of reigning over the country .
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    WyomingKnott , June 19, 2009 12:52 PM
    Umm, what China is trying to avoid is "the free flow of information and user choice."
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    annymmo , June 19, 2009 2:49 PM
    Quote:
    The companies who signed off on the letter say that the plan to have web filtering software installed on every computer sold in mainland China raises “significant questions of security privacy, system reliability, the free flow of information and user choice,” and urged the Chinese government to reconsider implementing the requirement.


    You think the Chinese government will stop for this?
    They imprison people of their own country for asking this kind of stuff,
    don't think they give a damn for privacy and stuff.
    The government wants to control and stop the free flow of information,
    especially political issues like Tibet.

    That's where most of the files about green dam go over by the way,
    not the boehoehoe-we-pretend-to-care-about-porn-and-try-to-protect-you excuse. It's a pathetic excuse and no one should believe that.
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    -unknown- , June 19, 2009 3:55 PM
    annymmoYou think the Chinese government will stop for this? They imprison people of their own country for asking this kind of stuff, don't think they give a damn for privacy and stuff. The government wants to control and stop the free flow of information, especially political issues like Tibet. That's where most of the files about green dam go over by the way, not the boehoehoe-we-pretend-to-care-about-porn-and-try-to-protect-you excuse. It's a pathetic excuse and no one should believe that.

    I think the key is that you must make an issue public before people decide to look in to the situation. Chances are it won't solve the problem but hopefully more people become involved with the issue in an effort to try to take things in a better direction.

    Any effort should never be disregarded as useless.
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    brendano257 , June 20, 2009 1:33 AM
    wyomingKnottUmm, what China is trying to avoid is "the free flow of information and user choice."

    IE anything against the government/people in power. And God forbid they learn of this thing called "freedom."
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    TheMan1214 , June 20, 2009 10:47 AM
    So thanks to the Dams code being stolen allegedly, hp and dell aren't going to supply pc's to china with it installed. So i imagine that it'll just be scrapped completely
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    redgarl , June 20, 2009 1:43 PM
    And here it comes... I never thought that big CIEs could stand up for rights and democracy... >:/
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    starryman , June 21, 2009 4:16 AM
    The Chinese are just only doing what the RIAA does best. Control and manipulate. Get the tanks ready.
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    anamaniac , June 21, 2009 8:59 PM
    redgarlAnd here it comes... I never thought that big CIEs could stand up for rights and democracy... >


    'Democracy' is overrated... American democracy got them what they deserved for a president...

    brendano257IE anything against the government/people in power. And God forbid they learn of this thing called "freedom."


    'Freedom' is overrated...


    Whether or not you all realize it...
    There are more important things than democracy.
    A legit government is whats needed. A democracy can still be corrupt.