Tech businesses want China to drop screening software
It will cost PC companies a great deal of money to put new software in the machines they make for China. The Green Dam-Youth Escort product which screens for pornography will have to be in all computers shipped to mainland China after July 1. The action clearly puts companies that are not based in the world's most populous nation at a great disadvantage. Many of those companies wrote China's premier requesting that the plan be killed.
According toThe Wall Street Journal, "Submitted Friday, the letter was signed by the heads of 22 organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the European-American Business Council, the Information Technology Industry Council and other associations from North America, Europe, and Japan."
For PC companies, it is a case of tough luck. There is no reason for the Chinese to go along with their request just as there is no reason for the central government to field any concerns from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) about a mandate it has been given to block searches for lewd material.
China's economy has gotten so big that it can force importers of almost any goods of services to play on its terms.It may not be fair, but it is part of the reality of dealing with China. As it becomes a more important consumer market each year, the problem is going to get worse.
Douglas A. McIntyre is an editor at 24/7 Wall St.