China Green Dam web filter teams 'face funding crisis'
Posted in: Censorship at 14/07/2010 22:13
Reports from China say a controversial government-backed software project to filter internet content could be on the brink of collapse.
State media said the developer behind the Green Dam Youth Escort software had closed its Beijing project team because of a lack of government funding.
Its partner in Henan said without funding, its team would soon close too.
China had insisted all computers be equipped with the software, but scaled back plans after censorship complaints.
China's Green Dam may be ready to collapse
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, according to a story in Tuesday's Beijing Times as covered by BBC News.
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.