Twenty years ago the internet in China became available, and no other change has made such an impact on the Chinese society, says Kaiser Kuo, director international communication at China´s largest search engine Baidu at CNN.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of China’s first connection with the Internet — a technological breakthrough that has had a particularly massive impact on the world’s most populous country.
“It’s been utterly transformational,” said Kaiser Kuo, director of international communications at Baidu, China’s largest search engine. “The advent of the Internet has been a great leveler in terms of access to knowledge, to education materials, to goods and services.
“A school teacher in a rural mountain village with just an Internet connection has access to the same teaching material as her counterpart teaching in the best school in Beijing. A consumer in a hinterland country town can buy the very latest in consumer electronics, or books or fashion just the same as someone in Shanghai. And practically anyone anywhere can set up a virtual store to reach a nationwide market.”
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