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China's Filtering Software is 'Poorly Designed,' Researchers Say

By The China Post

June 15, 2009

Anti-pornography software that China will make mandatory next month is "poorly designed" and will make personal computers vulnerable to security breaches, said university researchers. "Green Dam-Youth Escort" is a "substandard product" developed by companies with little experience in such software, according to a report by OpenNet Initiative Friday (June 12). It will increase government control of Internet use in China, said the group, which includes researchers at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of Toronto.

Green Dam is "far more intrusive than any other content control software we have reviewed," the OpenNet report said. The program blocks access to "a wide range of Web sites based on keywords and image processing, including porn, gaming, gay content, religious sites and political themes," it said.

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