Internet users

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’s Online Population Passes 400 Million: State Media

The population of Chinese netizens keeps growing. AFP reports on the latest numbers: The online population in the world’s most populous nation has reached 404 million, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the State...

Internet Industry: New Economic Engine Amid Recession?

Despite the global economy, the Internet industry has been able to weather tough economic times. From Xinhua, via People’s Daily Online: Kai-fu Lee, vice president of Google, was optimistic about the company’s...

China Vaults Past USA in Number of Internet Users

From USA Today via 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,...

China Boosts Most Internet Users As Tudou Rumors Fly

China has more Internet users than any other country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper estimates that there are 228.5 million Internet users compared to 217.1 million in America: BDA estimates that China’s online...

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 […]



Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.