BEIJING — China is requiring personal computers sold in the country to carry software that can block online pornography and other websites, potentially giving one of the world's most sophisticated censorship regimes even more control over the Internet.
The software's developer said Monday that the tool would give parents more oversight by preventing computers from accessing sites with pornographic pictures or language. Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co., which won a government contract to develop the Green Dam-Youth Escort filtering software, was compiling a database of sites to block.
Although porn sites are initially targeted, the software could be used to block other websites through the use of keywords rather than specific Web addresses.
Parents can also add their own sites to the blocking list, said Zhang Chenmin, general manager of Jinhui.
"If a father doesn't want his son to be exposed to content related to basketball or drugs, he can block all websites related to those things," Zhang said.