World Internet Conference Begins in China

  • World Internet Conference begins in China
  • Cold War mentality hampers mutual trust in cyberspace

WUZHEN: Chinese propaganda chief said on Sunday  ‘Cold War mentality’ and ‘bully behavior’ are hampering mutual trust in cyberspace.

“By using national security as an excuse, some countries have attacked other countries and enterprises. This has increased the uncertainty, opposition and negativity in cyberspace.” He was speaking at the launch ceremony of the conference.

World Internet Conference is one of the state-run most prominent tech conferences. Conference this year takes place against a backdrop of rising US-China tensions that has especially overshadowed the tech sector.

An increasing trade war hit tech supply chains when Washington barred US firms from exporting to Chinese tech firms. In return, China also slapped US with increasing tariffs.

China seeks a bigger and dominating role in global internet governance and demands world to respect its ‘cyber rule.’ The idea is that countries should be free to control and censor their internet infrastructure as they see fit.

Internet Censorship Bureau of Cyberspace Administration of China is organizing the annual World Internet Conference. Meanwhile, The Bureau prevents users in the China from accessing services from the likes of Facebook and Google.

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