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Youth Protection in China - Competing filtersoftware

Published on: 23.09.09
Source: Own research

Solid Oak Software has announced the dissemination of a filtersoftware for youth protection at a reasonable price or even for free in China. The company’s product CyberSitter was assumed having built the basis for the development of the filtersoftware "Green Dam Youth Escort", which was supposed to be installed or at least delivered with each newly sold PC in China since July 1, 2009 due to a government decree. The Chinese government stressed that they funded the software only for the purpose to prevent under aged children form access to pornography and other harmful content. On short term the government decree was not enacted but postponed in definitely on June 30, 2009. But many computer companies anyhow deliver their PCs since then to get her with the filtersoftware.

According to Solid Oak the software "Green Dam Youth Escort" is a lousy product consisting of badly assembled copied elements of other products, as the New York Times reports (see Link here). Therefore the company now plans to show chinese Internet users how youth protection can be achieved in a technically advanced and also appropriate manner by disseminating an own product adapted to the Chinese market for free or at least at a reasonable price.


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