Well, one can always hope.
The debate is heating up. Yesterday, a Beijing based lawyer Li Fangping sent a request to the Ministry of Industry and Information asking for information about the Green Dam Youth Escort software: the reasons for its development, the legal basis for the order to have Green Dam and Youth Escort pre-installed in PCs, etc. As far as we know there is no Freedom of Information Act in China, or anything analogous, but pissed off netizens and citizens in China have begun to talk about this, which is a sign, if nothing else, that there is some real grassroots displeasure for this state of affairs.
Gay rights advocates aren’t happy with the new censorware either: take a look at the picture and you can see that along with sites of adult content, violence, games, illegal activities and drugs, gay sites are a category in themselves and can therefore also be banned with a click of the mouse.
Of course, there are going to largely symbolic acts of cyber-protest, such as this online petition, but if you do visit that site we recommend you read some of the comments (they are mostly in Chinese), if only to get a sense of how people feel about this software. For example, some have already given the Green Dam a homophonous satirical slant: 滤霸, pronounced exactly the same as 绿坝=lv ba=Green Dam. 滤=filter and 霸=overbearing, strong. Not quite as poetic as caonima , but bizarrely precise in its meaning.
Notice that one of the demands that they make is not just about the software: they want to know what was behind the deal (我们的要求：反对预安装“绿坝-花季护航”，要求清查4170万采购背后有没有幕后交易). Why?Because that software cost the Chinese government 41.7 million RMB … which is taxpayer money, and those same taxpayers, at least the ones that use computers on a regular basis, are now beginning to wonder what happens when their one-year subscription to this runs out? Do they have to keep using it and pay for it?