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Power of the Internet in China - Part One

Updated on October 4, 2016

The internet is a powerful tool in China, which holds numerous governmental restrictions and controls. With the lack of information available to online Chinese citizens, they continue to thrive into one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

China is known as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, although the majority of citizens in China actually live below the poverty line. According to a 2011 report, China is the second wealthiest country in the world.[1] With the expansion and more populous use of the internet in China, citizens would have the ability to expand the countries wealth even further, bringing the number of poor and the number of rich citizens to an even plate. The internet in China, however, has much growth ahead in order to truly create a wealthy society.

In 1987, the first email was sent in China. The College of Tsinghua University allowed students and staff to communication within the university in 1988. Several academic networks such as China's Academic Network, CANET and others began in 1987. From 1990 to 1993, Telecom was established in China and the domain registry name .cn rose to the forefront. [2]Internet connectivity for citizens was first established in 1994 and has continued to increase in users to date. During 1994, there would roughly 10,000 Internet users throughout China, a number that has grown to 59.1 million by the end of 2002.[3]

The internet is one of the more common forms of technology sharing used by individuals all over the world. In China, the internet is a component of cyber communication that is heavily monitored by the government. Online activists, writers, and journalists continually publish material meant to intrigue others into following a certain path or approach, however the government finds out about these websites and quickly shuts them down. Internet control in China is a controversial issue which Chinese state offices believe to improve coordination and rivalry within China. Through monitoring, Chinese government ministries and agencies with stakes in the internet access are less likely to locate and be angered by propaganda and hate websites targeted at their industry.[4]Some believe the internet is more problematic than helpful in China and believe that the Cultural Revolution has the greatest influence on China's relationship with technology, which has been slowed down and almost reversed into a backward driven process. China is believed to be cut off from most modern technology which individuals throughout the world are aware of. The government claims to be supportive of the internet expansion; however they continue to filter through the internet accessibility for all citizens.[5]

[1]Top 5 Richest Countries in the World- Aneki

[2] Brief History of the Internet in China- Asian Digital Cultures

[3]The Internet and Civil Society in China: A Preliminary Assessment- Guobin Yang

[4]China Tightens Internet Controls – China Report Online

[5] Brief History of the Internet in China- Asian Digital Cultures


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