China: Blue Dam activated

Beijing government has recently required all Internet service providers (ISPs) and data centers to install a software called Blue Dam in all their servers. According to today's Taiwan Apple Daily News, the Blue Dam has to be activated by today (September 13) or the companies have to subject to punishment.

The Blue Dam software can be downloaded from here. The Blue Dam is developed by Shanghai Andatong Information Safety Technology Company and ccording to a report back in July 2009, the Blue Dam is 20 times more effective than the Green Dam as it is a combination of software and hardware.

The Blue Dam system is consisted of the following features: a graphic-filtering system, administrative-management system, internet-behavior manager, VPN client. The developer said that the business version of the Blue Dam can help company to stop their workers from visiting websites or hanging around in the Internet on non work related activities.

Back in June, the Beijing government required international PC makers to equip their PC shipped to China with a filter software called “Green Dam-Youth Escort” by July 1. The plan was finally dropped as the internet public opinion has strong reaction against the filter.

Now that the Blue Dam is installed at the ISP level without much open discussion. Netizens will be subject to censorship and online behavior control with little self-awareness.


  • floyd

    It was once declared by the goverment that the BLUE BAM were to be pre-installed responding to user’s will. But for the intensive public response, this project has already ended up with nothing definite . I really wonder how this passage come about?

  • oiwan

    i think you have mixed up the blue dam with green dam… now the green dam is according to user’s will. the blue dam is target at big ISPs and OSPs servers.

  • gregorylent

    bet they had official permission to test in shanghai the last weeks .. very slow net, erratic ..

  • […] Global Voices Advocacy tells us that China’s latest attempt to control the Internet – ‘Blue Dam’ – became active on September 13, and the government is requiring ISPs to use the software or face punishment. Blue Dam is an ISP-level surveillance application that appears meant to solve many of the problems stemming from the failed launch of Green Dam, which the Chinese government initially insisted must be installed on all PCs sold in China, even those sold by foreign companies, and even though large chunks of the code were stolen from existing, patented software applications. […]

  • floyd

    well…I did mistakes the two bams and I apologize for it….Thanks for yous news and there is hardly any info about it on sina microblog ,on the contrary there are many tweets now

  • oiwan

    hi floyd,

    no problem. it is very confusing indeed. i think the censor machine learned their lesson from the green dam and keep the blue dam very low profile. there were very few reports even in Chinese. many netizens report that they received notice from web hosting company that they had to installed something in the servers or else their server would be shut down.

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