Internet Development Helps Better Life

China’s Internet development continues to make significant breakthroughs in the digital economy, technological innovation and network benefits to the people, which has strongly promoted the construction of a strong network country to a new level. The number of Internet users exceeds 900 million, the Internet penetration rate is nearly 65%, and the scale of online shopping users reaches 710 million …… The recently released “China Internet Development Statistics Report” shows that China’s Internet development continues to make major breakthroughs in the digital economy, technological innovation, and network benefits to the people, which strongly promotes the construction of a strong network country The report shows that China’s Internet development has continued to make significant breakthroughs in the digital economy, technological innovation, and network benefits for the people, and has strongly promoted the construction of a strong network country.

In 1997, China had fewer than 300,000 computers online and just over 600,000 users. Today, China has the world’s largest fiber optic and mobile communications network, with over 98% of administrative villages connected to fiber optics and 4G. More than 20 years ago, most Internet users accessed the Internet via dial-up, even with specialized programming language, but today, from the land frontier to the thousand-mile islands, the network signal covers the whole day. The extension of the “information superhighway” and the technologies, products and services it has spawned have greatly lowered the threshold of Internet use: farmers in the mountainous regions of the southwest are selling their hometown specialties on a live streaming platform; relatives who are far away from each other are video chatting through cell phone applications; elderly people who do not have to leave their homes are learning to place online orders for shopping. These scenes, previously considered unattainable, have become commonplace.

With the accelerated integration of “Internet+” with industry, the digital economy has become a new engine for China’s development. The report shows that the scale of China’s digital economy has reached 31.3 trillion yuan, ranking among the top in the world and accounting for 34.8% of GDP. The accelerated application of new technologies has given birth to new industrial forms, powerfully improving the quality of economic development and promoting the optimization and upgrading of industrial structures. The rapid growth of applications such as online education, online medical consultation, online video, online shopping and online music in epidemic prevention and control fully demonstrates the new opportunities brought by technological development. Many digital enterprises have seized this opportunity to provide important support for industrial transformation and upgrading through business model innovation and accelerating the application of digital technology.

The Internet brings openness, reciprocity and sharing. In recent years, China has been committed to eliminating the “digital divide” by building network infrastructure into deep mountains and onto plateaus; researchers have helped the elderly, the visually impaired and other special groups in the information age to develop software to guide them to access the Internet. Right now, the Internet is crossing over to the smart era, providing technical support for building a strong network country. 5G is integrated with education, enabling children in remote mountainous areas to share metropolitan education resources with high-definition and smooth communication support; with artificial intelligence technology, sign language is translated into text, and deaf people have a convenient bridge for communication. With the advancement of new infrastructure, the current “network blind spots” that are difficult to cover are expected to be further eliminated, and more people will enjoy the inclusive services of the smart era.

Driven by the new infrastructure, new technologies, new products and new business model update and iteration accelerate, and it is urgent for the relevant industries to seize the opportunity to usher in a new round of rapid development. For example, during the epidemic prevention and control, e-tailing activated rural consumption, how to better improve the online shopping infrastructure in cities below the third tier and rural areas in the future, so as to further release the market consumption potential? With mobile payment becoming more popular and promoting richer new scenarios of online and offline linked consumption, can online catering, online tourism, online housekeeping and other online services be further expanded to continue to expand the boundaries of digital consumption? China’s national integrated online government service platform has played the role of “digital government”, can the good experience be summarized and refined? And so on, we need to further explore in practice.

Digital butterfly, youth to help older groups to step across the digital divide. The new technologies of the digital age are driving people to keep running, and young people, as the “indigenous residents” of the digital age, are running more and more widely, while the elderly, who are forced onto the “runway”, are often overwhelmed and need a helping hand. In a digital society, young people have a new digital mindset and are inherently sensitive to the development and application of digital technology, so for digital skills training, a “bottom-up” cultural feed-back model needs to be formed, with family support and cultural feed-back from children becoming the key to improving digital literacy. Family support and children’s cultural feedbacks are the key to enhance the digital literacy of the elderly. Young people should actively engage in family digital culture feeding, or go into the classroom as volunteers to help the elderly learn digital equipment skills and understand digital information security and other deeper content, so that they can also enjoy digital life in the digital age.

The development of the Internet has brought far-reaching power and a greater sense of access to people. At a book sharing event not long ago, a blind masseuse shared her experience of listening to a travel book online. She said she was fascinated by the beauty of China’s north and south, and would like to go to Hainan and stay in a seaside inn for one night, dreaming with the sound of waves. The Internet accessibility technology helps more people embrace the world and realize their ideals, which is the very meaning of the Internet development.

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