The term Netizen is a portmanteau of the English words Internet and citizen. It is defined as an entity or person actively involved in online communities and a user of the Internet, especially an avid one. The term can also imply an interest in improving the Internet, especially in regard to open access and free speech. Netizens are also commonly referred to as cybercitizens, which has similar connotations.
In Chinese, the terms wǎngmín (网民, literally "net-people") and wǎngyǒu (网友, literally "net-friend") are commonly used terms meaning "internet users", and the English word "Netizen" is used by mainland China-based English language media to translate both terms, resulting in the frequent appearance of that English word in media reporting about China, far more frequently than the use of the word in other contexts.
- Digital citizen
- List of portmanteaus
- Netizen Prize from Reporters Without Borders
- Social network services
- Hauben, Michael; Hauben, Ronda; Truscott, Tom (1997-04-27). Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet (Perspectives). Wiley-IEEE Computer Society P. ISBN 0-8186-7706-6.
- netizen, Dictionary.com
- The Net and Netizens by Michael Hauben, Columbia University.
- What is netizen? definition
- Brian Fung, "'Netizen': Why Is This Goofy-Sounding Word So Important in China?", The Atlantic, 11 October 2012
- Matt Schiavenza, "Enough with the word "Netizen"", The Atlantic, 25 September 2013
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