China is requiring personal computers sold domestically to carry software that blocks online pornography and other web sites, reports the Associated Press — potentially giving the government new control over the internet with a tool the developer said will give parents more oversight. The software, called "Green Dam-Youth Escort," prevents computers from accessing sites with pornographic pictures or language, Zhang Chenmin, general manager of Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co., told AP. The company was compiling a database of sites to block. The software also could be used to block other web sites, depending on keywords, Zhang said. The Chinese government routinely blocks political sites, especially ones it considers socially destabilizing such as sites that challenge the ruling Communist Party, promote democratic reform, or advocate independence for Tibet. Parents also can add sites to the database of blacklisted sites, Zhang said, and consumers will be able to uninstall the software. "If a father doesn’t want his son to be exposed to content related to basketball or drugs, he can block all web sites related to those things," Zhang said. He said users could also unblock Web sites, but they will not be able to see the full database…

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