BRI NEWS China Focus: Experts call for joint efforts to build a safer cyberspace

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China Focus: Experts call for joint efforts to build a safer cyberspace

Xinhua

15:12, October 25, 2019

HANGZHOU, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Though the Internet has brought unprecedented convenience to human society and pushes the mode of production to change, experts have called for joint efforts to tackle challenges and risks in cybersecurity to build a safer cyberspace.

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At the sixth World Internet Conference (WIC) which closed Tuesday in the river town of Wuzhen, east China's Zhejiang Province, political leaders, experts, scholars and business people brainstormed on strengthening international cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road (B&R) in areas including cybersecurity.

"Faced with the new challenges brought by the Internet, international society should enhance communication and strive for the common good," said Shang Bing, president of the Internet Society of China, at a WIC forum on Monday.

The forum focused on delivering better outcomes of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with the theme of "embracing openness and cooperation for shared benefits."

Shang suggested that measures should be taken in areas including information communication infrastructure, integration of the Internet and real economy and cooperation on cyberspace governance.   

In recent years, digital economy in Africa has been developing fast and Rwanda is cooperating with China's internet giant Alibaba on e-commerce, according to Antonie Sebera, the Government's Chief Innovation Officer of Rwanda. He hopes the international society can build "a safer and commonly beneficial cyberspace."

"We're witnessing a new round of technological and industrial revolution. Being secure and controllable should be regarded as equally important as being open and innovative," said Ni Guangnan at the forum, who is an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).

"Cybersecurity is a matter of national sovereignty, but cross-border cyberattacks often occur," said Wu Hequan, another CAE academician at the forum, adding an information sharing mechanism should be created, international standards and laws be made and a cybersecurity detection organization be established.

Chinese digital enterprises are also committed to sharing their technologies with countries and regions along the Belt and Road, providing them with services and technical support and helping them with the governance of cyberspace.    

"It's impossible for any individual, enterprise or country to achieve cybersecurity with its own power as collaboration is needed even to track an attacker," Qi Xiangdong, chairman of Qi Anxin Group, a leading security provider in China.

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