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Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs, or "weibos," to uncover a set of politically sensitive terms that draw the attention of Chinese censors.
A Chinese government official was quoted by state media as saying on Monday that the number of Internet users in China hit 477 million at the end of March.
According to official figures released Thursday, China's Internet population has grown to 420 million.
Google changed tack in China on Tuesday in order to address government complaints about its attempt to evade censorship, as it vied to get its business license renewed in the country.
On Tuesday, China defended its action taken to censor the Internet, saying it needed to do so in order to ensure state security.
State media reported Saturday that the number of Internet users in China has surpassed 400 million and accounts for about a third of the country's population.
China has responded to Google's Monday decision to offer uncensored content to more than 300-million Internet users in the country by instituting their own measures to block search results on hot-button issues such as the pro-democracy movement.
In 2009, Chinese authorities arrested over 5,000 of its citizens for violations of Internet pornography laws â€” a number that could be much higher in 2010 as the government promises to come down even harder on Web offenders as part of its beefed-up â€œstate securityâ€ plan.
Despite reports on Tuesday that Chinaâ€™s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology would delay its plans to mandate computer makers to bundle filtering software with all computers, officials say the initiative will carry on.
Chinaâ€™s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Tuesday announced that it would back away from previous plans to force computer makers to bundle filtering software with all computers.