» 07/02/2009, 00.00
Public protest in Beijing against internet censorship
More than a thousand people show up in Beijing to boycott internet for a day. They demand an end to censorship. China has 300 million users and is concerned they might create opinion groups and exchange information.
Internet boycott still on despite Beijing’s decision to delay mandatory filtering software
China’s government has decided to delay the mandatory installation of the Green Dam, a filtering software ostensibly designed to censor violent and pornographic websites. Boycott launched by architectural designer Ai Weiwei will still go ahead. Criticism is voiced inside and outside China. Some computer makers follow Beijing’s orders.
Google censors itself to avoid Chinese censorship
Chinese authorities complain about ‘Google suggest’ function for suggesting porn sites. The internet giant suspends the functionality in China. The real problem however is Beijing’s intention to require all new computers built and sold in China to contain software that would prevent access to sites disliked by the government.
Beijing makes u-turn: Internet filtering is not mandatory
"Green dam" blocks access to pornographic websites, but also those with content deemed "inappropriate" and many fear capillary political control. Two months ago, Beijing ordered it be installed on computers produced and sold in the country, prompting widespread protest.
Chinese censorship up, but Green Dam software fails
The Green Dam software was supposed to be installed on every computer sold in the country, but the government pulled the plug on it for the criticism it generated and its limitations. Censorship is still going up. Google accepts restrictions imposed by the government. Undesirable microblogs and websites continue to be shut down.
Beijing imposes an internal security program on all computers
The government claims that the new state “Green Dam” program aims to safeguard young people from violence and pornography. But computer companies fear a new and more sever form of censorship.
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