The Chinese government today revoked a controversial mandate that would have forced all computer manufacturers to equip products sold in China with the Green Dam/Youth Escort filtering software. The software will still be available for individuals to use if they choose, and will be required on public computers, according to Li Yizhong, China’s Industry and Information Technology Minister.
Li told Beijing News:
“We will install it in computers located in schools and internet cafes. We entirely respect customer’s benefit and freedom. We will definitely not make installation compulsory for all computers on sale.”
The software–intended to block pornography or other objectionable material on the Web–drew sharp criticism worldwide in June, in part because the software seemed to block legitimate sites and posed a potential security risk. According to some reports, the software also blocked certain political sites. A big concern was that mandatory censorship software would give the Chinese government–which already routinely blocks certain sites like YouTube–more control over its citizens’ web-browsing.
Now, the software will be handed out along with a new computer for individual users to install it if they wish, according to Li. The New York Times reports that some Asian computer makers have already included the software on computers sold in China.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
How do strong muscles keep your brain healthy?
There’s a robust molecular language being spoken between your muscles and your brain.
The 1,000 Chinese SpaceX engineers who never existed
LinkedIn users are being scammed of millions of dollars by fake connections posing as graduates of prestigious universities and employees at top tech companies.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.