Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Censorship - China's Green Dam scaled down; & anti-censorship software

China seems to have given in, at least a bit, to the international and indeed internal outcry against its "Green Dam" plans to install internet monitoring and filtering software on all its citizens' computers. It'll just be installed in schools and internet cafes, for now. And it's "voluntary" for private citizens. Telegraph report.

Separately, the US agency Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) said that it is working on "feed over email" (FOE) software which can enable free Web-based email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Hotmail, which have built in encryption, to be used as secure channels for news. When ready it will be beta tested in China and Iran. AFP report.

There's "feed to email" services already in existence. For instance Google's excellent Feedburner automatically converts feeds to emails to subscribers. Or there's FeedMyInbox. I wonder what extra features the BBG's FOE software will add?

©WH. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike England 2.0 Licence. Please attribute to WH, Tech and Law, and link to the original blog post page. Moral rights asserted.