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Canberra, 21 January 2011.

18 November 2005

The Internet in China - The 2005 Survey


Markle Foundation, New York, NY, US

"Chinese Turn To Internet For Entertainment And Connecting With Others, As Number Of Broadband Connections Increase In China
New Survey in Mainland China Paints a Detailed Picture of Which People are Using the Internet in China and Why.
Click here to download the full survey. (PDF, 1.9 MB).

New York, NY (November 17, 2005) -- The ways in which the Chinese internet users utilize and think about the Internet are described in a public opinion survey of Internet use in China. Among the estimated 103 million Internet users in China, nearly half are now using broadband connections, an increase from 41% in 2003. As a result, Chinese Internet users at home and in offices are spending more time on line each day than they did just two years ago. Moreover, Chinese Internet users prefer using forms of "instant messaging" more than email, and they are relying on the internet more frequently than in the past to make contact with others who share the same professions, hobbies, and political interests.

The survey, the only major public opinion survey tracking Internet use in China, has been ongoing since 2000. The survey, a rare Chinese public opinion poll using a rigorous methodology, found that large majorities of Chinese believe that certain kinds of Web content, including pornography and violence, should be controlled. However, only 7.6% believe that political content on the Internet should be controlled. According to the survey, few Chinese Internet users are aware of government web sites, despite the government's increasing investment in such projects. Many Chinese believe that the Internet will increase political transparency, 48% percent of Internet users believe that by going on line the Chinese will learn more about politics, and 60% of users believe the Internet will provide more opportunities for criticizing the government. [...] "

Media comment #1:
The Australian "The Internet in China is heavily driven by entertainment but has the potential of becoming a powerful political weapon, according to a poll released today. [...] Amid increasing charges that the Chinese Government was stifling online free expression, only 7.6 per cent of those polled believed that political content on the Internet should be controlled. But survey respondents had 'strong expectations' that the Internet would change politics in China, which is today - according to global media watchdog Reporters without Borders - the 'world's biggest prison for cyber-dissidents'."

Media comment #2:
Associated Press "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."


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