China National News
Thursday 11th June, 2009
Beijing, June 11 : The Chinese Government's decision to provide computers with software packages for filtering online pornographic contents has received cautious welcome from PC makers, yet many Internet users are sceptical of the software's capacity.
Chinese authorities had earlier rejected media reports that claim that the government is installing spy ware on all computers in the guise of porn filters.
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Tuesday announced that all computers produced or sold in China after July 1 would be installed with the software package combining Green Dam and Minor Escort programs.
Sources with the ministry revealed on Wednesday that all the computers to be on sale in China's rural areas at an average of 13 percent discount from the government's subsidies have been preloaded the software packages making the total number of preloaded computers exceed 50 million, Xinhua reported.
So far 20,967 primary and secondary schools had installed the software in some 2,618,000 computers and more than 6,957 websites have installed the software in their computers.
The ministry on Wednesday insisted that its notice to the PC makers and sellers does not mean the software's installation to user's operating system is mandatory, instead, the software package should be installed on either the hard drives or a compact disc with the computers.
"We only provide an option for the computer users, especially the parents of minors," said Zhang Chenmin, General Manager of Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co Ltd, developer of the Green Dam.
"The only thing that PC makers should do is to preload the package into their computer's hard drives, which will not activate the software programs," he said.
The users could choose whether installing or not, Zhang said, promising that the software will not be a tool spying into the user's personal information.
China's PC giant Lenovo Wednesday continued to refuse giving an official comment on the ministry's policy. But a senior sale's manager said preloading the software package would not bring decline for their PCs.