Of course I am talking about Green Dam: China wants its citizens to use pre-installed filtering software to avoid that they will be exposed to pornography and I assume also to texts that include words deemed a threat to the Chinese government. This censorship method China called Green Dam. Alexa Olesen of the Associated Press quoted an anonymous Chinese official saying that Green Dam is not compulsory, see here. However, I guess not pre-installing Green Wall might not be conducive for computer manufacturers that want to sell in China. Then again, Chen Weihua, reported in an unprecedented frank way 'Let's not allow the Green Dam software to block our way into the future' on China Daily about an opinion poll on Sina.com, which showed that 90 percent of the people polled will not use Green Dam, read here. By the way: to stop all unwelcome information is not feasible for any government; the higher the dam the more forceful the water will stream out through the cracks.
Now, US software maker Solid Oak Software has sent cease and desist letters to computer manufacturers Dell and Hewlett-Packard, because it alleges that the Green Wall software includes code of which the graphical user interface (GUI) has the same look and feel as Solid Oak's Cybersitter software, which would constitute copyright infringement.
Isn't it ironical that the filtering software that could be used (maybe with different technology) against copyright infringements itself might be pirated?
Read Mark Hachman's article for PCMAG.com, which links to many relevant PCMag.com articles about the same subject.
I was linking the expression 'May you live in interesting times' to the Wikipedia page about it. This is what Charles R. Stone has to say about it. Thanks Charles.
Charles R. Stone: "My vote for a possible Chinese origin for "May you live in interesting times," if indeed we should be looking for a Chinese source, is: