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Green Dam was

a proposal to require that new computers in China be equipped with software that could block pornographic content. Alert netizens quickly realized that such a capability could also block politically sensitive content as well. Computers, so equipped, would not be able to profit from circumvention technologies because, presumably, state-sponsored software would sit between the receipt and decryption of the material, on the one hand, and its display, on the other. This proposal went nowhere, but the concept may attract renewed interest one day."[1]


  1. Internet Freedom and Political Space, at 196.

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