China - 'Big Brother' fears as China prepares to filter pcs for "unhealthy" content - Computer manufacturers urged not to comply



    MONTREAL, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders voiced concern
today over China's plan to force computer manufacturers to install software on
personal computers to filter information seen by the Communist Party as
"unhealthy".
    The 'Green Dam' software, which must be installed from 1st July onwards
will filter pornographic content, the industry and information and technology
ministry has decided.
    "It is a scenario worthy of Big Brother that is unfolding in China," the
worldwide press freedom organisation said. "First comes the arrests of
dissident bloggers and now the time for surveillance built into computers
themselves."
    "This Chinese-style filtering will go well beyond pornographic content
that it is supposed to deal with and represents a threat to free expression.
Until now, Internet-users have been able to access blocked websites using
software for getting round censorship. Green Dam is designed to stop that.
    "We urge companies that sell computers on the Chinese market not to
comply with the instruction, which will make them accomplices to censorship",
the organisation said.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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