In­ter­net users ap­plaud govt cy­berspace reg­u­la­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

More than 90 per­cent of Chi­nese ne­ti­zens are aware of govern­ment moves to man­age the In­ter­net by rule of law, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey re­leased onWed­nes­day.

Cy­ber­se­cu­rity has been a hot topic among ne­ti­zens, with more than 98 per­cent of them say­ing they have fo­cused on cy­berspace-re­lated leg­is­la­tion and regulation, a sur­vey by Hori­zon Re­search Con­sul­tancy Group found.

The on­line sur­vey, con­ducted from Jan 28 to Feb 6, re­ceived re­sponses from more than 12,600 ne­ti­zens who had grad­u­ated from a two-year col­lege or above in 50 big cities across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Bei­jing, Kun­ming and Shenyang.

Ap­plaud­ing the at­ti­tude and ef­forts to gov­ern cy­berspace through leg­is­la­tion, 74 per­cent said they look for­ward to reg­u­la­tions on In­ter­net tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the use of se­cu­rity soft­ware and on­line fire­walls, the sur­vey said.

Mean­while, 71 per­cent ex­pected to see clear rules on how to broad­cast in­for­ma­tion on­line.

Nearly 65 per­cent of par­tic­i­pants gave thumbs-up to an on­line en­vi­ron­ment that is safer, but they also ex­pected more from the rule of law in cy­berspace based on un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ences in the past, ac­cord­ing to Zhang Hui, who helped con­duct the sur­vey.

“The

big­gest

con­cern among the par­tic­i­pants is the re­lease of pri­vate in­for­ma­tion. For ex­am­ple, about 38 per­cent of them wor­ried that their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion will be stolen by Tro­jan horses or ma­li­cious ap­pli­ca­tions,” Zhang said.

Also, one-fifth of the par­tic­i­pants were con­cerned that their com­put­ers and mo­bile phones could be at­tacked by phish­ing web­sites, and about 11 per­cent thought that spread­ing porno­graphic ma­te­rial on­line would be a neg­a­tive in­flu­ence on the next gen­er­a­tion, she said.

“The par­tic­i­pants also ex­pected the govern­ment to take mea­sures to fight fraud on the In­ter­net and clean up fake in­for­ma­tion,” she added.

GuanHong­tao, 26, a ne­ti­zen in Shaanxi prov­ince, said that the on­line en­vi­ron­ment has be­come safer, es­pe­cially on some on­line pay­ment plat­forms.

“Al­though there are many pro­ce­dures I must fol­low to reg­is­ter a bank ac­count on a web­site, I’d like to be pa­tient and abide by them be­cause the pay­ment se­cu­rity re­lates tomy in­ter­ests,” Guan said.

“Af­ter e-mail, phone num­bers or even iden­tity card num­bers are re­leased, more and more ne­ti­zens, in­clud­ing me, have paid at­ten­tion to pri­vacy pro­tec­tion, which iswhyI also keep an eye on leg­is­la­tion.”

He added that In­ter­net surfers need more ca­pa­bil­ity to dis­tin­guish on­line fraud and en­hance se­cu­rity aware­ness.

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