The China World Internet Conference begins today and has uncensored internet access

Amnesty International have described the conference as “chilling” .The conference will cover Global Internet Governance, Cybersecurity and the role of the internet in promotion of economic and social development and technological innovation. Although wifi is uncensored at the conference, journalists have received written rules from the Chinese authorities regarding reporting on the conference.

China wants more power in determining global standards which govern the internet, posing major problems as China’s views on the internet are vastly different from the Global view. The conference will showcase China’s internet and its development and explain China’s vision of having a major role in shaping the webs global development.

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China’s internet is highly controlled, censored and lacks any provision for internet freedom. A session on “Constructing a Peaceful, Safe, Open and Cooperative Cyberspace is open to invited guests only.

China’s recently established internet regulator,” the Cyberspace Administration “have organized the conference with the goal of raising China’s standing in the international technology industry. Lu Wei Minister of Cyberspace Administration is heading the conference and says there is a need for increased Global Regulation of the internet, although cooperation does not look likely as most international tech giants are not attending.

Dubbed “The Great Firewall of China” Chinese internet censorship bans popular Social media sites Facebook and Twitter along with Google. In the weeks leading up to the conference thousands of websites that use a Verizon content delivery service network ‘ EdgeCastwere blocked. Tech giants who have managed to break The Great Firewall have experienced major problems. Qualcomm is under investigation for a Chinese ant-trust issue, LinkedIn have been criticized for censorship policies and Apple have faced problems rolling out iphone 6 and ApplePay.

Wang Yukai a government adviser says China needs a “Clear international strategy that lays out priorities and defends China’s right to have a voice over cyber issues” in order to make China a “strong cyber power”

Chinese tech giants attending the conference include Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma, Tencent’s Chief executive Pony Ma (Tencent's WeChat is a big hit in China) and Baidu Inc’s CEO Robin Lee. They will discuss cross-border e-commerce and cybersecurity.

China has 632 million internet users of which 527 access the internet from mobile devices and the overall number is expected to reach 850 million by 2015.

Greatfirewall.org provides real-time up to date information on blocked sites/searches and transparency to online censorship.

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