China’s Online Population Rises to 485 Million as Access by Mobile Phones Spreads

The number of people online in China has been skyrocketing over the past decade. The statistics this year are still impressive, with 485 million people now using the Internet, but growth has slowed ever so slightly. From the Washington Post:

The number of Chinese Web users, already by far the world’s biggest, rose by 15.5 percent over a year earlier, according to the government-sanctioned China Internet Network Information Center.

China’s communist government promotes Internet use for business and education but tries to block access to material it considers subversive or pornographic.

The number of people who use mobile phones to surf the Web rose to 318 million, or about 65 percent of the total, CNNIC said. That was up 14.8 percent from a year earlier.

The overall growth rate was down slightly from 2010, when the Internet population grew by 19 percent.

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