August 13, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The Chinese government has relaxed its mandate that computer manufacturers must install the Green Dam Youth Escort software on computers sold in that country. It delayed implementation before the deadline, saying that more time was needed. The new rules will not require the software on home computers, but Internet cafes, schools and other locations that provide public computer access must comply, according to the Xinhua news agency.
While the Chinese government says that Green Dam is for the purpose of limiting access to pornography and violent content, critics charged that the filtering had a larger political agenda and served to limit access to controversial subjects and Web sites.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.