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The CIA underestimates how big the Internet is in China by 127 million users

December 4, 2010: 3:16 PM ET

The numbers in the Central Intelligence Agency's Factbook are nearly three years out of date

Click to enlarge. Sources: The World Factbook, Wikipedia

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has its priorities, but keeping track of who's using the Internet doesn't seem to be one of them.

Take, for example, China.

According to the current edition of the CIA's World Factbook -- updated within the last two weeks -- there are 298 million Internet users in the world's most populous nation.

According to Wikipedia the number is closer to 425 million.

Why should we trust Wikipedia more than the CIA?


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