During a study session of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China this week, Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed the need to improve “the administration of web technologies, content and network security.” Less than a week after a handful of tech companies agreed to explore the internet’s freedom of expression issue, the bottle neck is closing up again. Meanwhile, there was a hype about the rocket increase of internet users in China this past year and the prediction of overtaking the US in 2 years. But it is important to note that the 137 million people using the internet in China nowadays account for only 10.5% of the country’s population. As for the US, there are over 200 million internet users that cover over 68% of the US population. These numbers proves that the internet continues to be a privilege in developing countries and internet censorship would only create more restrictions to access of information.

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