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Chinese Government Encourages Officials to Microblog

Xinhuanet, 10/13/11

Wang Chen, director of China's State Council Information Office (SCIO) and State Internet Information Office (SIIO) and deputy director of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, yesterday encouraged Communist Party and government officials to actively use China's microblogging platforms to "serve society."

At the same forum in Beijing, Charles Chao, CEO of Chinese internet company Sina (Nasdaq: SINA), revealed that Sina Weibo began offering microblogging services for government users in mid-September, with over 100 currently in beta testing by government agencies covering public security, tourism, publicity, environmental protection, transportation, healthcare, municipal government, judicial bodies, and the military.

Keywords: regulation Charles Chao Internet State Council Information Office Publicity Department microblogging Wang Chen State Internet Information Office

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