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China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software

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China will require that Web filtering software be included with all computers sold in the country, another step up in its efforts to control pornography and other content on the Internet. PC makers will be required to pre-install the Web site-blocking program or offer it on a CD-ROM included with all PCs sold in China after July 1, according to a translation of a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology notification seen by IDG News Service.

The move follows a government crackdown on online smut that has led to the closure of thousands of Web sites this year, and concern that such campaigns could expand to target content that is political rather than pornographic.

From IDG News Service
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