The Number of Websites in China Collapsed

A report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has highlighted the tightening of regulation of the Internet in China. According to the report, the number of websites has fallen by 41% between 2009 and 2010. A collapse caused by the hardening including the fight against the spread of pornography.

Of all the countries have implemented measures to regulate the Internet, China is arguably the most severe nation. To maintain absolute control over information, the Middle Kingdom has set up a kind of virtual great wall designed to filter content from foreign sites. At the same time, thousands of Chinese websites are closed each year by those in power.

A report by the Academy of Social Sciences provides an overview of government censorship. The number of websites in China fell 41% last year. At the end of 2010, there was only 1.91 million registered websites. A collapse that is explained in particular by hardened regulating, as more and more Chinese access the Internet.

If the number of sites in China has declined sharply, this is not the case of web pages. The report of the Academy of Social Sciences noted that they increased 78.6% between 2009 and 2010, representing an increase of 60 billion pages. An increase which, if it looks spectacular, is actually not surprising given the number of Internet users surveyed in China: 460 million.