China said Tuesday it would have all new computers in China pre-installed with a filter software, in a bid to protect minors from “unhealthy information” from the Internet.
All computers produced or sold in China after July 1 would be installed with such software, said the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MITT).
Mandatory pre-installation of the ‘Green Dam-Youth Escort’ filter has already come under attack from foreign computer industries. From the Taipei Times:
China yesterday defended a new requirement that personal computers sold in the country carry a software that filters online content, just hours after Microsoft said the rule raised issues of freedom of expression, privacy and security that “need to be properly addressed.”
The statement by the US software giant came after a US computer industry association denounced the Chinese move and leading US personal computer makers said they were studying its ramifications.
Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang (秦剛) defended Beijing’s administration of the Internet, saying it was in accordance with the law and that the software “is aimed at blocking and filtering some unhealthy content, including pornography and violence.”
And from BBC:
Critics have complained that [the new screening software] could also be used to stop Chinese internet users searching for politically sensitive information.
But Mr Qin, speaking at a regular press briefing, said China promoted the healthy development of the internet.
[...]The aim is to build a healthy and harmonious online environment that does not poison young people’s minds, according to the directive [issued July 1 by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology].
Beijing based financial magazine Caijing published the following text on this topic, translated by CDT:
Notice Concerning Pre-installation of Green Web Access Filtering Software
Associated Work Units:
In order to create a green, healthy, and harmonious internet
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