China Scales Back Plans for Software Filter – NYTimes.com

China Scales Back Plans for Software Filter – NYTimes.com.

I wrote back in June about the Chinese Government’s order to manufacturers to put “Green Dam/Youth Escort” software on every computer sold in the country.

Now the authorities have backed off.

The industry and information technology minister, Li Yizhong, said the notion that the program would be required on every new computer was “a misunderstanding” spawned by poorly written regulations.

I guess some low level heads rolled for that, perhaps in the group that built the dam software.

I don’t think we have heard the last of this. Many governments would love to have such mandatory software on every PC that they could control and update at will. I bet the government is re-grouping and will introduce the regulation in less of a rush with software that is well designed and implemented.

I don’t doubt that Western companies will be willing to assist for the right money, just as the network equipment vendors do in creating the “Great Firewall of China”.

Already Microsoft and others download megabytes of updates onto my PC every month. “For security reasons” they don’t give me a full explanation of what the updates do. It’s a huge temptation for the software vendors and worrying for users.

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