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Netizens Comment on the Internet White Paper

July 14, 2010
Translation by HRIC


“The Chinese government, in refuting criticisms on Internet freedom, always emphasizes the number of Internet users and bloggers, including in the Internet White Paper. This logic is akin to when I accuse you of being a ‘douchebag,’ you respond with saying that you are 190 cm tall and good-looking.”

—doubleaf, June 8, 2010 (twitter)


“中国政府凡是有什么谎言支撑不下去的时候, 就会发表一个白皮书来壮胆。”

“Wherever the Chinese government can no longer justify its lies, it will issue a white paper in an attempt to renew their confidence.”

—raymondchen625, June 8, 2010 (twitter)



“China’s Internet White Paper neglected two important parts: the filtering of ‘harmful information’ and the psychology of Internet users (including ‘fear of information’). ‘Fear of Information’ is a psychological state that has already been formed among Chinese youths, where they review their own conduct, purposefully avoid space for information development, and avoid mutual sharing, causing youths to age prematurely.”

—Isaac Mao, June 16, 2010 (twitter)



“I suggest that netizens write their own White Paper on the Real Situation of the Internet in China.”

—CorndogCN, June 8, 2010 (twitter)



“The authorities can protect China’s Internet sovereignty, but this does not mean that the Chinese Internet should be severed from the outside world completely, otherwise it will be isolated, and it will be very difficult for Chinese netizens to communicate with foreign netizens.”

—Hu Xingdou (Beijing Institute of Technology Professor), in an interview with Voice of America: “Waijie piping Zhongguo wangluo baipishu daya yanlun ziyou” [外界批评中国网络白皮书打压言论自由], Voice of America, June 9, 2010.



“OK, I also agree that everything should be governed in accordance with the law. However, the problem is what is the actual legal basis for things like censoring sensitive words? Under our law, which words need to be censored, and which do not? Which websites will be deleted, and which will not? Which articles will lead to arrest across the provinces, and which will receive the reward of the Fifty-Cents Party?”

—He Renyong (何仁勇, blogger), in: “Gaokao kaishi le, Shijie Bei ye lai le, zhen TMD renao a” [高考开始了,世界杯也来了,真TMD热闹啊], He Renyong at My1510 [何仁勇的一五一十部落], June 14, 2010.

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