World Economic Forum (WEF) has just announced its Technology Pioneer 2009 earlier today, and Qifang (report on TechCrunch), the leading Chinese P2P student lending site becomes the first Chinese company to receive this prestigious honor. If you are bored with many copy-to-china stories, this is absolutly a great and encouraging news for China web.

Reading from the Technology Pioneers Programme site,

We really respect what Qifang is trying to achieve: Giving everyone a way to pay for their education. Thanks to tens of video-sharing sites, social networks, online games etc, these services are building China web one of the most active markets of the world.  However, is it too much entertainment out of Chinese Internet? We have to reflect that what else the web 2.0 should bring to us. It is great to see loads of User Generated Content on the web, but as WEF says, technology is to improve the society operate, i.e. bring the value back to the society.

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Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.