China Backs off Censoring Software Rule

Susan Hall

China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong, said Thursday that PC makers will not be required to bundle an Internet filtering program with computers sold in the country, reports He said whether to use the "Green Dam Youth Escort" software will be the buyer's decision.


China in May said it would require all PC makers to pre-install the software or provide it on a CD starting July 1. That requirement then was repeatedly delayed amid a storm of controversy from PC makers and free-speech advocates.


The government still plans to require the software in schools and public Internet cafes, according to

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