CHINA’S REGULATING OF INTERNET AND EDUCATION
Online education marries two of the hottest sectors in China – education and the internet. Although one may not immediately link the two sectors, they do share a lot in common. Both are strongly supported by the PRC authorities but also subject to increased scrutiny. In addition, education and technology closely touch the lives of most Chinese consumers. Although the initiatives are varied, such as encouragement for technology playing an expanded role in education; cooperation between PRC authorities and better regulation, there are some common themes. Both technology companies and education institutes face new opportunities in China. However, the opportunities will also result in greater requirements for registration and ensuring compliance, especially with privacy requirements. Furthermore, PRC authorities do recognize that technology and education often intersect and this is reflected by the increased collaboration in such regard. This article summarizes the variety of recent initiatives related to how education is envisioned in China.