Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Why do Chinese Internet users like government controls?

what can i say...what can the world expect from the chinese general population with a mind-set like this...i rest my case!

...this is a news from the chinese website "danwei" (

" Deborah Fallows, a senior research fellow at Pew Internet & American Life Project, recently published a short paper packed full of commentary and stats about the Chinese Internet: usage habits, demographics, content, trust in online media, government controls etc.

Fallows' paper summarizes a survey funded by the New York-based Markle Foundation and directed by Mr. Guo Liang and his research team at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Below are some noteworthy excerpts from Fallows' paper:

• "most Chinese say they approve of internet control and management, especially when it comes from their government."

• "over 80% of respondents say they think the internet should be managed or controlled, and in 2007, almost 85% say they think the government should be responsible for doing it."

• "79% of Chinese said internet companies should manage or control the internet, just over two-thirds, 68%, identified parents, 64% schools, and 59% internet cafes."

• "87% of internet users would control or manage pornography; 86% violent content; 83% spam or junk mail; 66% advertisements; 64% slander against individuals."

• "Half of respondents said online games should be controlled, and more than one in four (27%) said online chatting should be controlled."

• "An influential and highly informed group of elite Chinese bloggers continues to test the limits and vigilance of the censors."

• "Declining trust in reliability of online content. Over four years of tracking user reaction, trust in the reliability of online content has fallen by one-half, from 52% in 2003 to 26% now."

• "Only about one-third of internet users (30%) said they considered online content reliable."

• "Three-quarters of respondents deemed reliable most or all the information on government websites, compared with 46% for pages from established media, 28% for results from search engines, 11% for content on bulletin boards and in advertisements, 4% for information from individuals' web pages, and 3% for postings in chat rooms."

• " 93% of internet users said they considered much of internet content to be unsuitable for children."

• "61%, thought internet users could easily become addicted to the internet, and the same number thought users could easily be affected by online pornography.

• "43%, said the internet could lure users into making the wrong kind of friends."

• "42% said internet use easily presented risks to personal or private information." "

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