Chinese surfers reject political control – Simon Burns


The vast majority of China’s internet users want to be free to discuss and read about politics online, but also believe that people should be protected from pornographic and violent content, according to recent survey funded by a US foundation.

Only eight per cent of Chinese surfers believe that political content should be controlled, down from 12 per cent in 2003. However, 73 per cent want restrictions on violence, and 85 per cent on pornography.

“Based on its open technology, the internet is having a profound impact on China’s relatively closed traditions, culture and political system,” said the survey, which was supervised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and funded by the Markle Foundation, a privately-funded US think-tank.

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