Internet growth

Four Trends on China’s Internet

At China Media Project, Hu Yong describes three trends in the developing tone, role and political context of China’s Internet over the past year: Looking back at China’s internet in 2011, there were three broad trends that...

China’s Internet Users Surpass US Population

From China has more internet users that the entire population of the United States, according to new research by the government-sanctioned China Internet Network Information Center. The study says that at the end...

Chinese Olympics Could Trigger a Net Avalanche – Jemima Kiss

From The Guardian: China presents a tantalising commercial opportunity for web publishers, and with the Beijing Olympics on the horizon, breaking the territory’s internet market is a high priority. The government-run China Internet Network Information Center recently predicted that China will shortly overtake the US to become the world’s biggest internet market. By the end […]

China Internet Population Tops 200 Million – PC World

From PC World – Business Center: The number of Internet users in China soared past 200 million in 2007, a new report from the country’s quasi-government Internet overseer said Thursday. China’s Internet population stood at 210 million at the end of last year, up 53 percent from the same time in 2006 when there were […]

People’s New Voice – An Lu

From Xinhua: China was home to 162 million netizens as of June last year, just behind the United States. And there were some 130 bulletin boards, giving China the most Internet forums of any country, according to the yearly bluebook on social development, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on Thursday. Meanwhile, blogging […]

China Leads the US in Digital Self-Expression

From CNN: Millions of young Chinese are embracing the Internet as a discreet space for their thoughts and emotions, according to a survey of Chinese and American youth released today by IAC, which operates businesses in sectors being transformed by the Internet, and JWT, the fourth largest advertising agency network in the world. The findings […]

Couple Tried to Name Baby “@” – Reuters

From Reuters: A Chinese couple tried to name their baby “@,” claiming the character used in e-mail addresses echoed their love for the child, an official trying to whip the national language into line said Thursday. The unusual name stands out especially in Chinese, which has no alphabet and instead uses tens of thousands of […]

China’s Online Population Explosion – Deborah Fallows

From Pew Internet & American Life Project website: There are now an estimated 137 million internet users in China, second in number only to the United States, where estimates of the current internet population range from 165 million to 210 million. The growth rate of China’s internet user population has been outpacing that of the […]

China’s Internet users reach 123m – Winny Wang

From Shanghai Daily: China’s Internet users reached 123 million by June 30, 2006, growing 19.4 percent from the same period last year, the China Internet Network Information Center reported today. Broadband subscribers accounted for two-thirds of the Internet users, totaling to 77 million, up 45.3 percent, the report said. The country’s Websites amounted to 788,400, […]

China’s Online Ad Boom – Dexter Roberts

From BusinessWeek (link) When Motorola Inc. launched a new line of youth-oriented mobile phones in China last year, it didn’t bother advertising on TV or in newspapers and magazines. Instead, it hired a pair of college students from the southern city of Guangzhou who had become an Internet sensation with their homemade videos of themselves […]

The Wild Web of China: Sex and Drugs, Not Reform – David Barboza

From The New York Times (link): By some estimates, there are more than 30,000 people patrolling the Web in China, helping to form one of the world’s far-reaching Internet filtering systems. But while China’s huge Internet police force is busy deleting annoying phrases like “free speech” and “human rights” from online bulletin boards, specialists say […]

Chinese Gov’t Sets Up Blogs for Lawmakers -Audra Ang

From AP, via Forbes (link): China’s government is trying to boost public interest in its figurehead parliament and its companion advisory body by setting up Web logs for members as they meet this week. Called “bo ke” in Chinese, blogs are popular with young people despite strict censorship rules. In one posting, National People’s Congress […]

In China, 111 million Net users counted – Reuters

From Reuters, via CNet: The number of Web users in China, the world’s second-largest Internet market, grew by 18 percent in 2005 to 111 million, the Economic Daily reported Wednesday. Some 8.5 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people now have access to the Internet, the newspaper reported, citing a survey released by the China […]

Report: China Internet Use Catching Up With US – Gene J. Koprowski

From Technology News: China is now the nation with the second largest number of Internet users — with 20 million new users going online last year — and is coming close to the U.S. in terms of total broadband users too, according to a new research report. The total number of Chinese Internet users reached […]

Fun-driven Internet in China may become powerful political tool – Middle East Times

From AFP, via Middle East Times: “The Internet is supposed to be the information highway but according to our survey, for many Internet users in China, it is an entertainment highway,” said Professor Guo Liang of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences of Beijing. “Mainland Chinese use the Internet more for entertainment and chatting than […]

Survey Studies Internet Use in China – Patrick Casey

From the AP, via the Washington Post: A typical Chinese Internet user is a young male who prefers instant messaging to e-mail, rarely makes online purchases and favors news, music and games sites, according to a new study. The only major public opinion research tracking Internet use in China, the survey was conducted in five […]



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