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China's 'Porn Filter' Zaps Political Content Too

Yesterday Chinese lawyer Li Fangping, said that filtering software to be made mandatory on every PC in the country would not only block adult sites, but also access to the countries gay community websites. Today reports suggest that the software will also block political content.

According to ZDNet (which cites the Wall Street Journal) a report by Harvard University researcher Isaac Mao, who has seen the code, says there are two kinds of keyword documents in the software: one is related to pornographic content, and the other related to political content. Not only that but the documents related to political stuff are much, much bigger than those related to pornographic content.

Speculation that the software did more than the government were letting on has been mounting since China first announced the decision earlier this week and computer experts believe that with Green Dam installed on every computer, the Chinese government will gain access to personal information and have the ability to monitor Internet use through the software.

The founder of Green Dam is denying everything, claiming that he knows what’s on his own blacklist. For more on this click here. To read about Li Fangping efforts to have the decision reconsidered, click here.

  • crisisavatar
    I never expected this !

    First class shocker.
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  • As a resident of "sorta China" (Hong Kong), I am not at all surprised... Who really expected it to be otherwise? ;)
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  • neiroatopelcc
    So skynet is chinese ?
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  • Pei-chen
    Harvard, number 1 in presidents and porn.
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  • IzzyCraft
    What a supr... not worth it...
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  • annymmo
    The founder knows very good what the Green Dam will block.
    Porn and ...the real reason for green dam...
    political content such as human rights e.g. Tibet.

    Porn is just a cover up to let us believe it suppose to do something good. Hopefully those dirty politicians are going to get Green Dammed themselves and have to get rid of it.

    The people really should get rid of their government for this.
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  • gorehound
    i am not at all surprised
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  • brendano257
    annymmoThe founder knows very good what the Green Dam will block. Porn and ...the real reason for green dam... political content such as human rights e.g. Tibet. Porn is just a cover up to let us believe it suppose to do something good. Hopefully those dirty politicians are going to get Green Dammed themselves and have to get rid of it. The people really should get rid of their government for this.
    Surprising? Not really, they're still partially communistic, and as for overthrowing.....Leader=God because Government=army. It's hard to start a rebellion when the government in the military and the "President" has a secret police, so you don't like him? You "disappear."
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  • Andraxxus
    Well now blocking political content just shows this is: Just another brick in the Green Dam.
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  • at least it has a nice sounding name..`green dam`

    i would call it `red with gold stars mind F"#K!`
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