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Second World Internet Conference Concludes
   2015-12-19 07:01:20    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Kun

A photo shows openning ceremony of the second World Internet Conference in east China's Wuzhen on December 16, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

The second World Internet Conference came to an end on Friday, but as participants agreed, the world needs to keep working together to ensure a safer and better online community.

More than 2,000 attendees from governments, enterprises, academic institutions and technological communities participated in the high profile three-day event.

CRI's Niu Honglin has more.

 

During the high-profile meeting, President Xi Jinping urged all countries to respect Internet sovereignty, jointly safeguard cybersecurity, combat online crime and terrorism, cooperate with an open mind, and improve Internet governance together.

Kevin Sheekey, head of Government Relations and Corporate Communications, Bloomberg L.P., spoke highly of President Xi's proposals.

"I think he really added to the international conversation around what the role of government is in terms of internet regulation. One in four online users in the world is in China, and so China has a role to play, and I think what the president laid out is that China will play a role, will play a constructive role."

China has become a major victim of international cybercrimes.

The latest PricewaterhouseCoopers Global State of Information Security Survey shows that the average number of detected security incidents in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong surged some 500 percent to more than 12 hundred over the last 12 months.

In the first half of 2014 alone, more than 6 million computers in China were hijacked and controlled from foreign IP addresses.

Wang Xiujun, deputy director of China's Cyberspace Administration, says combating cybercrime is getting harder, with development of technology serving as a double-edged sword.

"The old ways and approaches cannot solve the problems. We need innovative protective ideas. We should adhere to the dynamic, comprehensive and systematic ideas of protectionism, which guard against new risks and new threats via persistent theoretical innovation and industrial development."

He adds that participants have reached a consensus on the importance of legislation in the field of cyber security, and the necessity for a code of conduct with universal standards, in order to prevent and fight cybercrime.

It has also been stressed that users should be on high alert for the increased security risks brought about by new technologies and smart devices.

Professor Richard Taylor with the University of Hawaii is a renowned telecommunications and information policy expert. He said Internet security is vital, especially in the field of online retail and commerce.

"The cyber security is absolutely critical to the future of the Internet in every way, not just crime or safety, but also commerce. People will not do E-commerce, if they cannot trust the Internet, so it's absolutely central to the future success of the Internet."

The conference also made progress on a Wuzhen Initiative - a Report on Internet Finance Development, a joint initiative addressing poverty with an "Internet Plus" strategy and a Cooperation Declaration on the Construction of a Digital Silk Road.

The Wuzhen Initiative, perhaps the most important achievement of the conference, reflects all sides' aspirations and responsibilities in promoting cyberspace construction, and developing and improving institutional, administrative and technological innovation.

For CRI, I'm Niu Honglin.

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