PC Companies Ask China to Ditch Filter

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
    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 ...
  • sailfish
    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!
  • erigolhuhu
    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?