The minister of the State Council Information Office, Wang Chen, emphasized netizens’ roles in maintaining the safety of the Internet at the Forum on Internet Media of China in Chongqing on Friday. From China Daily:
Efforts must be made to increase supervision of the Internet and enlist the help of Internet stakeholders to keep objectionable elements out of cyberspace, Wang said.
There are no major differences in offline and online activities under the law but the anonymous nature of the Internet makes it harder for online activities to be regulated, Qiu Lufeng, a professor from Nanjing University’s law school, said.
“The online community is so large that users can hide their real identities, making it hard to trace behavior to a ‘real’ person. For example, if a person verbally attacks me online, it is troublesome for me to look for or even sue him as I don’t know his real name,” Qiu said.
Wang also outlined the top 10 worrying Internet trends, pictured below: