China's Internet Population Surges


The China Internet Network Information Center reports that the number of people in the People's Republic who are online has reached 564 million, which means it will soon be double the entire population of the United States. Most of those who use the Web do so from mobile devices.

The increase - 10% - will continue to cause the Chinese government trouble, as more and more citizens have access to information that is increasingly beyond the ability of the People's Republic to control.

CNET writes:

First reported by Techweb, the report also states that while Internet cafes have begun to slide in popularity, desktop computer use also fell by nearly three percentage points in 2012, and laptop use dropped to 45.9 percent of users. Mobile technology use has leapt from 69.3 percent to 74.5 percent.

Microblogging increased six percentage points, growing to a population of 309 million Chinese Internet users. Online shopper rates ramped up to 242 million people. Using mobile technology to buy items online has increased by 6.6 percentage points compared to 2011.

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