Even though the Chinese government agreed to delay the mandatory shipment of Internet Green Dam filtering software, several PC manufacturers are anyway, including Taiwan's Acer and BenQ, Japan's Sony, and China's Haier and Lenovo Groups, the AP reports. Acer said that it had already packaged the software before the delay was announced, but others gave no reason for why they are shipping the software.
The AP story also reported that the Chinese government was still contemplating making the shipment of the filtering software mandatory.
Given how so many PC manufacturers caved in, the Chinese government must be secretly pleased and confident that it can make manufacturers dance to their tune.
Robert N. Charette is a Contributing Editor to IEEE Spectrum and an acknowledged international authority on information technology and systems risk management. A self-described “risk ecologist,” he is interested in the intersections of business, political, technological, and societal risks. Charette is an award-winning author of multiple books and numerous articles on the subjects of risk management, project and program management, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A Life Senior Member of the IEEE, Charette was a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core Award in 2008.