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China: World Internet Conference to be held in Wuzhen, online surveillance expected to become hot topic

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14 December 2015

World Internet Conference (WIC) to cover 10 forums and 22 hot topics

Author: CNTV.cn

The eastern Chinese water-town of Wuzhen is gearing up to hold the World Internet Conference on December 16. The theme of the conference, which was held for the first time last year, is 'An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All -- Building a Cyberspace Community of Shared Destiny'. More than 2,000 guests of honor will attend the conference, including eight heads of state and about 50 ministerial officials…Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech.

The conference includes 10 forums where 22 hot topics will be discussed, including Internet cultural communication, Internet innovation, digital economic cooperation, and Internet governance…China is on high alert of Growing threat of hacking, online surveillance and other internet based crimes. The safety of information security has become a national strategic issue.

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13 December 2015

China weaves a nasty web

Author: Bangkok Post

…Wuzhen will [host the] Second World Internet Conference…and will feature President Xi Jinping as the keynote speaker…

…China does not censor at all, Mr Lu [Lu Wei, director of Cyberspace Administration of China] explained to international media last week, but it manages the internet. That, again, is actually the main theme of the Second World Internet Conference -- China attempting to convince the world that rule of law can prevent use of the internet for negative purposes…

China…allows foreign internet companies to do business in China, but only if they agree to every fragment of Chinese censorship rules. Social network LinkedIn, for example, abandoned its principles to set up a rigorously policed Chinese-language site. The CVs are there, but professional banter is censored.

…The international media freedom group Reporters Without Borders has called for a full boycott of this week's conference in beautiful Wuzhen. The RSF in fact ranks China as the world's No.1 "enemy of the internet". It is worse than Iran which, however, is currently getting help from Beijing to tighten its own "clean internet" project…[mentions Alibaba, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Tencent and Twitter]

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