China Think Tank Calls for 'Democratic' Internet Governance

China Think Tank Calls for 'Democratic' Internet Governance

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks in a congratulatory letter to the Fourth World Internet Conference, which opened Sunday in the east China town of Wuzhen.

The report also ranks China as second in global internet development and innovation behind the United States and 23rd in cybersecurity, and gives insight into how China sees its internet development. Xi used the speech to advocate "cyber sovereignty", the idea that individual nation states should be allowed to internally govern the Internet as they desire.

Xi said China hopes to work with the worldwide community to respect cyberspace sovereignty and carry forward the spirit of partnership to commonly advance development, safeguard security, participate in governance, and share the benefits.

The conference, which is overseen by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) invited foreign executives, Apple Inc's CEO Tim Cook and Google Inc chief Sundar Pichai as well as a Facebook Inc executive. The World Internet Conference comes after a year in which China has become more assertive over its perceived right to regulate its internal Internet.

The Cyberspace Administration of China says the new measures, which include the monitoring of private chat apps and censoring tools to block viewing of overseas websites, are created to maintain social order and protect socialist values. Officials have also sought a greater role for China in strengthening global internet governance. "I worry about people thinking like machines", he said. "I think we are all in this together to combat challenge in cyberspace and figure out innovative solutions".

According to the organizing committee, over 1,500 guests from more than 80 countries and regions, including government officials, heads of global organizations, leading figures of internet companies, experts and scholars, attended the conference in the east China town of Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province.

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