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The Government Versus the Weiborati

In light of the recent release of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Annual Report on Development of New Media in China, David Wertime at Tea Leaf Nation looks at how the report was received by the leadership and people:...

Why Won’t “Netizen” Just Die?

At The Atlantic, Brian Fung contemplates the longevity of the widely derided 80s buzzword “netizens” as a label for China’s politically engaged online population: Even in China, the word has grown a little...

450 Million Chinese Use Internet

The number of Internet users in China has reached 450 million, an increase of 20% over last year, Xinhua reports: Around 33.9 percent of the population are online, a ratio above the world average of 30 percent, Wang Chen,...

China Vaults Past USA in Number of Internet Users

From USA Today via RedOrbit.com: China, already the world leader in cellphone use, has surpassed the USA as the No. 1 nation in Internet users. The number of Chinese on the Internet hit more than 220million as of February,...

The Growing Chinese Love Affair with the Internet – Mark Sweney

pda: the digital content blog on The Guardian website writes about a new study of habits of Internet users in China and the U.S.: While 61% of the Chinese respondents, who had an average age of just over 20, agreed with the statement “I have a parallel life online”, only 13% of Americans said the […]

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 […]

Number Of Online Chinese Poised To Surpass U.S. Internet Users – Antone Gonsalves

From InformationWeek: The number of Internet users in China has reached 137 million, and with double-digit annual growth projected, the country is poised to overtake the United States in total number of users within a few years, a researcher said. Based on figures supplied by the China Network Information Center , the country’s Internet population […]

China’s Net Users Send Wrong Message – Steven Schwankert

Opinion: Outlook for those looking to cash in on Chinese Internet growth is not particularly good, via InfoWorld: The semi-annual report from the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) is almost always a cause for exuberance. There are millions more Internet users in China! Yippee! Hooray! Now if we could just sell one (or one […]

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