Schools in Beijing are quietly removing the Green Dam filter, which was required for all school computers in July, owing to complaints over problems with the software, reports the Associated Press. China last month formally backed down on a plan to preinstall the internet filter software on all new computers sold in the country after July 1 after an international and domestic outcry. But schools were still ordered by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to install the web filter, which Chinese officials said would block pornography and other unhealthy content. Critics said it could be used to spy on internet users and block politically sensitive sites, and now some schools have chosen to uninstall it. "We will remove all Green Dam software from computers in the school, as it has strong conflicts with teaching software we need for normal work," said a notice carried on the home page of the Beijing No.50 High School, dated Sept 1. A technology director for the school confirmed that the software had been taken off most computers. "It has seriously influenced our normal work," he said, adding that the software had proven incompatible with most of the software used for the school’s administration…

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