Li Yizhong, Minister of China's Industry
and Information Technology attends a press conference in
Beijing, Aug. 13, 2009.(Xinhua/Long Tao)
BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's computer users
would not face a compulsory mass installation of Green Dam Internet filtering
software, China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology Li Yizhong
He said it would depend on consumers to choose if
they wished to install the software or not. But the installation of the software
on computers in public places including schools and Internet cafes would still
Plans to install the software program, Green
Dam-Youth Escort, have aroused controversy.
"Installation is intended to block violent and
pornographic content on the Internet to protect children", Li said, Individuals
could install the filtering software voluntarily, if they so wished.
"Any move to politicize the issue or to attack
China's Internet management system is irresponsible and not in line with
reality", he said.
Installation of the software was postponed on June
30. Li said the ministry was still gauging public opinion before installation
and would adjust its plans accordingly.
Work on upgrading the Green Dam software is also in
The market would still be open to similar software
programs, Li said.