Green Dam, Youth Escort

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 by Danielle Tagged: , , , , , , ,

A presentation at ISKO UK 2009 by Zhang Yunliang and an article this weekend in the FT have highlighted some worrying trends in internet filtering and politics. A filtering software called Green Dam/ Youth Escort (which ironically, in my opinion, smacks of salacious content hidden behind a login) will become obligatory and will be installed on all computers sold in China, as of 1st July 2009.  It has already been installed on school computers. While its stated purpose is to protect the innocent people of China from porn and other nasties, experts fear it will used as a method of restricting what they can find on the internet. Read the article. It does an elegant job of summarising tactics by other governments (Burma, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Iran) to censor the internet.


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