A man uses a computer at an internet cafe in Beijing
A man uses a computer at an internet cafe in Beijing July 1, 2009. China's ambitions to strengthen control of the Internet with filtering software became a show of the limits of its power on Wednesday, as activists and industry groups welcomed an abrupt delay of the contentious plan. The surprise climbdown was reported late on Tuesday by Xinhua news agency, which said the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology would "delay the mandatory installation of the controversial 'Green Dam-Youth Escort' filtering software on new computers".
REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA SCI TECH SOCIETY)