June 8, 2009

News Re- China,

thanks to a friend there who alerted me to it:

China Requires Censoring on New PCs
By Andrew Jacobs
June 8, 2009

BEIJING — China has issued a sweeping directive requiring all personal computers sold in the country to include sophisticated software that can filter out pornography and other “unhealthy information” from the Internet.

The software, which manufacturers must install on all new PCs starting July 1, would allow the government to regularly update computers with an ever-changing list of banned Web sites.
Per my friend, blogspot is among the sites already blocked. More at the NYT.

This is of course, to a degree, happening elsewhere, as big corp.-owned ISP's simply make it slower/more expensive to access non-favored web pages.

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