China's authoritarian government has backed away from an order to load internet filtering software on every new computer after a major outcry by citizens used to the relative freedom of online life, reports the Associated Press. Legal challenges, petitions, and satirical cartoons had been part of a broad grassroots effort to scuttle the initiative since it was announced earlier this month. A Ministry of Industry and Information Technology official told AP on June 16 that Chinese computer users are not required to use or install the Green Dam Youth Escort software--though the software will still come pre-installed or be included...

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