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Netizens: Number and Demographics
1) Number of Netizens
(One) Overall Number of Netizens
- First, the promotion of modern distance education by rural Communist Party cadres resulted in the construction of a large number of distance education receiving stations. These stations have pushed forward the development of the internet.
- Second, the steady progress on the construction of rural information service stations has provided rural citizens with the facilities to access the internet.
- Third, to accompany the advancement of distance education and the construction of rural information stations, telecommunications operators have provided these areas with fee discount policies, which really pushed forward the internet usage in these areas.
|Number of Netizens (millions)||Penetration Rate||Number of Netizens (millions)||Penetration Rate|
|All of China||210||15.9%||298||22.6%||41.9%|
2) Netizen Demographics
- t1 – In other documents, the Chinese word “信息化” (xìnxīhuà) has been translated as “informationize,” “informatize” and “informationalize.” It is made of two parts: the first is the word “information” and the second is comparable to the suffix “ize.” I would say the definition of “informationize” is “to convert something to a form that uses modern information technology.”
- t2 - Bandit phones are also called Shanzhaiji or Shanzhai phones. Shanzhai is used to mean counterfeit, usually for electronics products, but also for anything else from grocery products to celebrities. This is not the same as "copied" products that look exactly like the original. Shanzhai products are highly similar but still have their own brand name. For example, KFG instead of KFC. For mobile phones, the Star Phone is a shanzhai version of the Iphone.
- t3 – The original Chinese text actually says that the number of netizens with a college education further decreased. However, that seems so unlikely that I believe it is a typo and what they actually meant to say is that the proportion of netizens with a college education further decreased.
This is one page of the CNNIC's 23rd report on internet development in China as translated by Nanjing Marketing Group.
CNNIC, which stands for "China Internet Network Information Center," is a Chinese government organization that, among other things, produces reports about internet development in China.