Kaiser Kuo is one of ten experts predicting the trends for the upcoming year of the tiger in the Jing Daily, documenting the trend in the business of luxury and culture in China.
The internet in China is only at the start of a profound change in China, he says:
I suspect that 2010 will see an even greater acceleration of a trend we’ve seen emerge over the last two or three years, and that is that the Internet — already the de facto public sphere of Chinese life — will become an even greater consideration for decision makers at all level of authority in China. I believe they will, on the one hand, take the temperature of public opinion online with increasing frequency and, on the other, seek ways to contain the voice of the netizenry and prevent it from overwhelming institutions, as it now threatens to. I expect that at some level we’ll also see efforts to move beyond the ad hoc response to Internet public opinion that we’ve seen in recent years to a more systematic, quasi-institutional approach.