Google Helps China Defend Against Porn - The Intrepid

Monday, June 22, 2009

Google Helps China Defend Against Porn

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The Chinese government, after successfully censoring journalists, the Falun Gong, the Tiananmen Square protests, and the Dalai Lama’s teachings, is preparing to fight a new and dangerous enemy: porn. On Friday, the government asked Google to disable its search engine’s associative-word feature, as officials believed that Chinese citizens were using the feature to access pornographic images and content. Additionally, all computers sold in China will soon come preinstalled with Green Dam Youth Escort, a type of censorship software designed to block pornography. Officials insist that the program will only be used to block "vulgar" materials, but many activists fear that the program’s primary function is to block politically sensitive websites.

The Chinese government wants to transform China into a respected superpower. But until it lifts its restrictions on the flow of information, China—in the eyes of the western world—will remain an authoritarian backwater. Albeit, one obsessed with its citizen's sex lives.

Photo by lancewebel.

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