China upgrades The Great Firewall, requires new software

While most of you are still reeling from excitement from Apple's releases at their WWDC today, there are some people who may find it a little more restrictive to get the most out of their computers in the future.

In a seemingly superlative effort to construct: "a green, healthy, and harmonious Internet environment, and preventing harmful information on the Internet from influencing and poisoning young people." The Chinese government have plans to impose further restrictions on the way its people use their computers by passing legislation which will require that all personal computers sold within the country, as of July 1, be shipped with software blocking access to certain websites. This move could well give the Chinese Government unprecedented control over how its people use the internet.

This news posted on the Wall Street Journal's website, discusses the issues involved with passing legislation and restricting people in this manner.

The primary target for the software will be pornography says the main developer of the software, a company which has ties to the Chinese security and military ministry.

According to the original article, Susan Stevenson a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Beijing says, that the embassy are looking into this and assessing the restrictive power of the software. "We would view any attempt to restrict the free flow of information with great concern and as incompatible with China's aspirations to build a modern, information-based economy and society."

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Nt surprising at all. Was there on business a year or two ago, and watching CNN - interviews of people for the upcoming anniversary of the HK independence from the UK - some college age kid being interviewed makes some comments about how the government isn't providing the freedoms they promised (something like that anyway), and the CNN feed gets cut off - apparently the censors just shut it down, for about 10-20 minutes. Really made me think about the freedoms i/we take foregranted

The ppl above are really funny. Surely you can always have program to perform the removal of the pre-installed software.

The Chinese GFW is powerful, but it is far from invincible. There are a number of software which can easily break it and they are all upgrading according to the change of GFW. I used one called Gpass and it did the job very well.

Well apart from this, there are always basic simple "silly" ways to bypass keyword filteration and look for specific information online. The great thing about wouldwide internet is: it cannot be walled.

Even if the software is easily removed by the user and isn't that efficient, China has yet again crossed the freedom of speech barrier.

As a chinese, this piece of **** software is not going to change our daily life. just like we not allow to have firearms, we just have to deal with it. shame we can't start a massacre in school like the americans

amaz said,
As a chinese, this piece of **** software is not going to change our daily life. just like we not allow to have firearms, we just have to deal with it. shame we can't start a massacre in school like the americans

what...you think start a massacre in school is cool?
this further proves chinese are backward culturally...

What the poster conveniently "forgot" from the article was that the software can be uninstalled by the end user if they so choose - funny enough many other IT news included this "insignificant little tidbit".

Then again, I would expect no less from a US based website.

I am surprised they have not done this earlier when the Internet was first introduced. China is not to be trusted at all whatsoever. The rampant baby selling black market is a really sad too, but they deny that ever happens of coarse. They have the lead paint, pet food and dry wall scandals to deny too. Why doesn't Lenovo sell every PC in China? I wouldn't want the headache of trying to work with the unworkable Chinese government.

obviously there will be ways to get around this, there is always someone too clever..

The question is what will happen to servers hosted in china?

This Neowin news stub doesn't mention it, but when I originally read about this on another tech news site they mentioned that this filtering would be accomplished by software and hardware methods (maybe something within the BIOS). That aside, if every computer is running this software, it'd be very easy to require it to be running. They could either send the police to you for circumventing the software, or they could simply block net access to any system that isn't running it.

by far the scariest part of this article is the fact that i could easily see this

"a green, healthy, and harmonious Internet environment, and preventing harmful information on the Internet from influencing and poisoning young people."

coming out of Washington.

/scary terrorists making bobs from the interwebs!

Nose Nuggets said,
by far the scariest part of this article is the fact that i could easily see this

"a green, healthy, and harmonious Internet environment, and preventing harmful information on the Internet from influencing and poisoning young people."

coming out of Washington.

/scary terrorists making bobs from the interwebs!


Two words: First Amendment.

I know this, and I'm born and bred Australian.

DeltaFalcon said,

Two words: First Amendment.

I know this, and I'm born and bred Australian. :)

And its probably because you live in Australia that you are unaware of our right being stripped from us. now we have free speech ZONES for peaceful protest. the second amendment is on its way out . there is no more habeus corpus here any more either. the document is great in theory but very very few Americans are willing to do all that is necessary to see it adhered to.

In the case of multiple births, the parents are allowed to keep the children, although I'm sure the government make it difficult for them, with extra taxes or something.

Shunik Jan said,
I'm curious as to what happens when parents give birth to Twins. Do they kill both, keep one, take both away, what?


Back in old times, if 1st kid was a girl, they killed her cause most want a guy. That's why most of the guys there are screwed up and got no gf's

Doesn't really mention them. The original article states that the software developed is designed to be compatible with Microsoft's Windows operating system. However, it does also mention that Yahoo, Google and Microsoft have responded to these requests from some governments across the globe, though on how they will deal with these censorship requests, they just assure they will be 'transparent' about the requests they receive.

lflashl said,
CHINA FTW!

You sound like you want to move to China, go over there and see if you can live without internet and in a restricting country.