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.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.