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It is up to the buyers to decide use it or not,” The Telegraph quoted Yizhong, as saying.

Yizhong, however, added that the voluntary option does not apply to computers in schools and public internet cafes where China would still require the installation of Green Dam.

“We will install it in computers located in schools and internet cafes. We entirely respect customer’s benefit and freedom. We will definitely not make installation compulsory for all computers on sale,” he said.

About three months ago, China announced that all computers sold in the country after July 1 would be required to pre-install the Green Dam software, as a measure to protect children and combat pornography on the web.

The requirement was suspended indefinitely in June, following overwhelming resistance from Chinese internet users who suspected that the software was actually a censorship tool.

The Chinese users were joined by Foreign computer manufacturers, 22 international chambers of commerce and the US Government had wrote official letters asking the Chinese government to reconsider its “Green Dam” order, which was said to be impractical and anti-competitive.

Yizhong further explained that there was a misunderstanding of his ministry?s initial announcement by internet users and computer manufacturers that resulted to the erroneous impression that installation was compulsory.

Source : Konaxis

China broadband Internet users China broadband Internet users(0)

China had 338 million Internet users by the end of June, up 40 million from the end of last year, according to a report by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in the mid-July.

More than 90 percent of China?s administrative villages had access to the Internet by early June, said the MIIT data.

About 95 percent of townships were connected to broadband, and 92.5 percent of natural villages had telephone coverage.

China’s vast rural areas are regarded as the next front for telecommunication development. The top three telecommunication operators?China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom are expected to invest 280 billion yuan to improve 3G network in between 2009-2010.

Source : Konaxis

Internet censors recruitment Internet censors recruitment(0)

The CCECO and the Beijing Internet Management Office, a local Internet regulator, will supervise the volunteers. Both regulating bodies will also have the real identities of all volunteers.

The move by the Chinese local governments and Communist party branches is seen as an unusual admission of censorship and gives a rare view of the resources China uses to try to control the internet. The volunteers is in addition to the national government?s requirement that t every new personal computer sold in China is equipped with web filtering software.

The ministry of industry and information technology notified computer makers last month that they would be required from July 1 to include Green Dam/Youth Escort ? a programme developed under commission by the government ? with every new PC.

Testing by independent software engineers has found that besides protecting children from pornographic content, Green Dam is also capable of filtering and blocking political content, and carries serious security risks for those who install it.

Beijing?s requirement has also created legal worries among foreign PC makers like Dell and Hewlett-Packard. .

Solid Oak, a Californian software company says Green Dam infringes its intellectual property rights, for copying the code in its Cybersitter, a programme allowing parents to block pornographic and violent content when their children use the internet. Solid Oak announced that it has already sent ?cease and desist? letters to Hewlett-Packard and Dell, warning them that the software company would file charge for damages claims if they installed Green Dam.

Brian Milburn, Solid Oak chief executive, said Chinese groups opposed to Beijing?s move had offered assistance in taking legal action in the country. ?If our code is being used to censor a country, we stand up to things like that,? he said. His company was considering whether such action was feasible.

?If we can?t stop [HP and Dell from shipping], I guess the only way to resolve this would be an interim licensing agreement,? he said.

Source : Konaxis

Website blocking software installed in PCs Website blocking software installed in PCs(0)

China’s ministry of industry and information technology issued a notice to personal computer-makers on 19 May that every machine sold from 1 July must be preloaded with the software ? called Green Dam Youth Escort, developed by Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co.

The software developer , which won a government contract to develop the “Green Dam-Youth Escort” filtering software, also updates a list of forbidden sites to block from an online database, much as network security programs automatically download the latest defences against new worms, trojans and viruses.

Last year, 40m PCs were sold in China, the world’s second biggest market after the US.

The software’s developer said Monday the tool would give parents more oversight by preventing computers from accessing sites with pornographic pictures or language.

Parents can also add their own sites to the blocking list, Zhang Chenmin, general manager of Jinhui, told The Associated Press.

He said users could disable blocking of any site on the list or even uninstall the software completely, but they will not be able to see the full database. He said the software does not monitor or send data to third parties.

China, which has the world’s largest population of Internet users at more than 250 million, also has one of the world’s tightest controls over the Internet.

The government also bans Internet pornography and this year launched a nationwide crackdown that led to the shuttering of more than 1,900 Web sites. Web sites including Google and Baidu, China’s most popular search engine, also have been criticized for linking to suspect sites.

“Blocking access to pornography sounds like an acceptable goal, but the problem is that it’s all too easy to use the same technology to expand the censorship,” the group’s president, Ed Black, said in a statement.

Zhang said his company, based in Henan capital of Zhengzhou in central China, signed a 21 million yuan ($3 million) contract with the Chinese government last May to develop the software and distribute it to computer makers for free within one year. The software was jointly developed by Beijing Dazheng Language Technology Co. Ltd., which declined to comment.

The program would either be installed on the hard drive or enclosed on a compact disc, the newspaper reported, adding that PC makers would be required to tell authorities how many PCs they have shipped with the software.

Lawyers and academics are challenging the legality of the Chinese government’s requirement for manufacturers to ship Web-filtering software with all personal computers, amid growing concern that it could be used to censor political content, not just pornography.

Source : Konaxis

Net user donated the domain name luojing.com Net user donated the domain name luojing.com(0)

The source said Mr. Guo, Hebei net User, donate the domain without Compensations to memorize the host. Reporters looked up Whois and found out to that the domain name had been transferred to the CCTV.com, which jumped to the page in memory of Luo Jing.

Adolescents visited pornographic websites Adolescents visited pornographic websites(0)

CCCMSC juvenile delinquency prevention group and the China Youth Research Center jointly surveyed 24,000 Internet users under age 25: daily online time are 5.3 hours for adolescents which is 2.3 times of the national average level. 48.28% of adolescents were exposed to pornographic websites; 43.39% of them received emails containing violent, pornographic, threatening, abetting, inducing contents; 14.49% of them believed the false online information and had physical and psychological or property harms.

According to Haidian District Court statistics, robbery increased as the first crime after 1999 for the minors, and sexual crime cases have increased in recent years, and these two types of juvenile crimes, eight of ten, are internet-related. Survey shows that 69.4% of people think that the Internet or playing online games is a kind of decompression venting or feelings expressions in life. People on the Internet lack the pressure of “the presence of others” , so “the principle of happiness,” dominates the individual acts and vented emotions suppressed in daily life. On Internet, psychological adventures and challenges of young people were self-inflated, leading to vague values, the network behavior self-binding reduced, often leading to deviation or violation of social norms.

Relevant experts believe that China has no specific laws on the protection of minors’ online security, and the relevant provisions scattered in “Laws on Protection of Minors”, “Internet service sites Management Ordinance”, and the contents is imperfect, and feasibility is weak.

One third of the Internet users used the mouse without creating any content One third of the Internet users used the mouse without creating any content(0)

Dai said that although it sounded silly, but the users were really wasting a lot of time like idiots, these are the mainstream Internet users in real life.

Dai believes that a large number of Internet users now just simple users using mouse, and they juse use the mouse to hit, they could not type texts, so the traditional BBS he impeded a lot of new foolish users outside. In fact, now we find that one third of Internet users do not read postings, post or reply, because they do not type at all, nor use keyboards, so they do not create content.

Dai said, to creat community site, webmasters should not be too concerned about what kind of value the information will make or how well the information was written, but the information should be the mainstream material or element for interpersonal communicaitions.

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China, which ranked 46th, took the lead of the so-called “BRIC” emerging economies for the first time, the WEF said.

The other three “BRIC” economies — Brazil, Russia and India –ranked 59th, 74th and 54th respectively.

Denmark and Sweden once again topped the 2008-2009 ranking.At third place was the United States, which moved up one position from last year. Singapore, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and Canada completed the rest of the top 10 of a list of 134 economies worldwide.

Annually, the World Economic Forum together with INSEAD publishes the Global Information Technology Report, which makes use of the index.

The Networked Readiness Index examines each country?s preparedness to use information and communications technology effectively. It is a composite of three components: the environment for ICT offered by a given country or community, the readiness of the community?s key stakeholders (individuals, businesses, and governments) to use ICT, and finally the usage of ICT amongst these stakeholders. The index was originally developed by the Information Technology Group, which worked at Harvard University’s Center for International Development until 2002.

“The development story of the most networked countries in the world…has owed much to a consistent focus in the national agenda on education excellence, innovation and an extensive ICT access,” said Irene Mia, WEF senior economist.

“This success stands as a reminder for leaders in both the public and private sectors not to lose focus on ICT as an important enabler of growth and competitiveness in times of crisis,” she said.

The Report emphasizes the essential roles of good education fundamentals and high levels of technological readiness and innovation to overcome the current economic crisis. Under the theme ?Mobility in a Networked World?, this year?s Report places a particular focus on the relationship and interrelations between mobility and ICT.

The Report is produced annually by the World Economic Forum in cooperation with INSEAD, the leading international business school, and is sponsored by Cisco Systems.

Source : Konaxis

Sina.com Calls On Offering Psychological Aid To Students Affected By Earthquake Sina.com Calls On Offering Psychological Aid To Students Affected By Earthquake(0)

Sina.com and CSFPA say they will unite with concerned government departments to set up a special fund to offer mental aid for students affected by the earthquake in Sichuan; commission a government department or a professional psychology association to manage the fund; and offer long term, systematic and well-planned mental aid to youngsters in the earthquake areas.

The Disaster Affected Student Mental Aid Fund says it will work closely with local government, non-government organizations and other social entities to do its best to implement well each of its programs.

Donation details for the Fund are as follows:
Opening Bank: China Siyuan Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
Address: Room 239, Minjian Zhongyang, 208 Jixiangli, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Postcode: 100020

Opening Bank: Chaoyang Menwai Sub-branch of Beijing Branch of Bank of China
Account number: 817020634708091001

Opening Bank: Dengshikou Branch of Bank of Beijing
Account number: 01090342700120111009110

Donation Hotline: (+8610) 85698220.

Source : Chinatechnews

Intel Partners With Tencent For Server Services Intel Partners With Tencent For Server Services(0)

According to the MOU, the parties will conduct in-depth cooperation on data center optimization, particularly on energy efficiency optimization. In addition, they will cooperate on services for future computing environments, including establishing joint labs and conducting research on core technology like server virtualization, to meet the growing need of Tencent, which has millions of active online users and has higher demand for the performance and power consumption with the increase of its user population.

As one the world’s largest chip manufacturers, Intel has been an advocate of the new generation green data centers and has rich experience in creating highly efficient data processing platforms. Under the MOU, Intel will provide high performance, low power consumption and manageable server platforms so that Tencent can retain a leading position in the industry by testing and making use of technology and products beneficial to its business development.

The parties’ MOU also includes strategic cooperation in mobile Internet terminals to provide more attractive services to mobile Internet users.

Source : Chinatechnews

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