The Chinese government has postponed implementation of a controversial rule
requiring all new personal computers sold in the country come with Internet
China's official Xinhua
news agency released a brief report Tuesday citing the Ministry of Industry and
The report provided no details on the reasons for
the ministry's decision, which comes one day before the rule was to go into
Chinese Internet users had called for a boycott of online
activities on July 1 to express their opposition to the new rule.
in China say the program, called Green Dam Youth Escort, could be used to spy on
Internet users. They have also voiced concerns it could expose computers to
security threats and be used to block sites China feels are politically
China's Ministry of Industry and Information has said the
software is needed to protect children from pornographic and violent images.
China says that use of the software will be voluntary, and that owners will be
able to un-install the program.
There has also been international concern
over the government's plan. The United States raised its concerns with Beijing
about the software's impact during a recent meeting with Chinese officials.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Trade Representative Ron Kirk
said the software may violate World Trade Organization rules. They say it also
appears to have "broad-based censorship implications" and network security
issues.Some information for this report was
provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.