Gov'ts Should Treat the Internet Seriously
    2010-12-19 12:25:02     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang
 

In today's China, the internet has become an important tool for people to communicate, exchange ideas and interact.

Governments across the country have established thousands of websites providing channels for common citizens to learn about and supervise the work of officials.

But so far, not all governments have done a good job in terms of using the internet.

A "China Daily" editorial says authorities should step up their efforts to update information on their websites and conduct more online interactions with the public.

The newspaper notes that more than 30,000 government websites have been set up across China to improve government transparency.

But some authorities are still unwilling to let ordinary residents express viewpoints on government websites and have closed down the bulletin boards.

In other cases, the editorial says some governments have been hesitant about spending enough money to maintain the normal operation of their websites, considering it a waste of funds. As a result, people often find that information on some websites is outdated.

In light of this situation, the editorial concludes that some officials have shown little concern for the voice of the general public. It points out that the internet is a convenient channel for governments to solicit public opinion and for the pubic to examine officials' performances.

Thus, the editorial concludes that governments should treat the internet seriously and use it properly to interact with citizens and improve overall governance.

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