China to Manage Cyberspace Using Rule of Law to Make Room for Further Development
China will be managing cyberspace according to the rule of law while providing a lot more room for the development that is based on the market. As the country speeds up its Internet related legislation and at the same time encourage Web companies to provide more innovative products and services as the Cyberspace Administration of China was established last year. Top legislature speed up the enactment of cyber security and anti terrorism laws to fight the rumors and terrorism and to protect the privacy as the administration conducted several campaigns in cleaning up the Internet environment.
Authorities issued a rule that will curb fake information on WeChat after rumors developed on the social media platform. China also issued several policies that will encourage the development of cyberspace namely Internet Plus initiative that was raised by Premier Li Keqiang last March. China is also keen in participating in the international governance of cyberspace since China has the largest number of netizens and wants to transfer the industry’s orientation from the government to the market. Several internet related issues are also hot topics during talks between China and the United States as President Xi Jinping mentioned cyberspace four times publicly during his visit to the US last September.
Last July, Xi gave a speech in Brazil were he proposed to build together a peaceful, open, safe and cooperative cyberspace, as well as a multilateral, democratic and transparent governance system. As the second World Internet Conference approaches, Lu Wei the director of administration said that China continues to highlight the rule of law and innovation in cyberspace. The three day conference will focus on cyber security and protecting information and improving people’s lives through the development of the Internet.