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China's Green Dam May Be Ready to Collapse


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the Green Dam interface

The Green Dam interface

Credit: University of Michigan

China's Green Dam software-filtering project has been staying afloat without government funds for the past year, but the project may now be in danger of collapse.

The project was launched last year in response to demands from the Chinese government to block pornography and other Internet content considered objectionable. Beijing initially wanted the software to be installed on all computers sold in China, but it provided project funding only for the first year, from 2008 to 2009.

The lack of funding since then has forced the main project development team from Beijing Dazheng Human Language Technology Academy to close its doors. The installation and after-care team from Zhengzhou Jinhui Computer System Engineering is also looking at shutting down, according to reports.

Whether Green Dam has a future or not, the project found its way into controversy even before it got off the ground. Computer experts found the Green Dam software to be poorly designed and unsafe.

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