China rises among info so­ci­eties

CNNIC re­port says coun­try’s score higher than av­er­age of G20 na­tions

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE / PEOPLE - By ZHANG ZHIHAO andHOULIQIANG in­Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang

China’s glob­al­ranking­a­mong coun­trieswith­as­trong in­ter­net­based in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try has im­proved from 36 in 2012 to 25 this year with a score of 72.8 out of 100, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the China In­ter­net Net­work In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter at the thirdWorld In­ter­net Con­fer­ence onFri­day.

China’s score has sur­passed the av­er­age of G20 coun­tries for the first time.

The na­tional in­for­ma­tion de­vel­op­ment eval­u­a­tion re­port stud­ied 88 coun­tries’ in­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture, in terms of in­dus­try, in­no­va­tion, ap­pli­ca­tion of lat­est tech­nolo­gies, cy­ber­se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment.

The United States, United King­dom and Ja­pan took the top three spots with scores of 84.1, 82.7 and 81.5 re­spec­tively.

“China’s in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try has de­vel­oped rapidly over the past five years,” said LiXiaodong, di­rec­tor of the CNNIC.

Along with the US, the UK, Ja­pan and Rus­sia, China has be­come a lead­ing player in the in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try with a strong in­fra­struc­ture, a large mar­ket base and com­pet­i­tive de­vel­op­ment ad­van­tages.

Within China, the in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try is strong in the eastern and south­ern coastal prov­inces like Zhe­jiang, Guang­dong, and Jiangsu.

Guizhou, He­nan, An­hui and sus­tain­able some other cen­tral China prov­inces are catch­ing up quickly by un­der­tak­ing sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal pur­suits and through ef­fi­cient plan­ning, the re­port said.

China’s broad­band speed has sur­passed the 8Mbit/sec­ond mile­stone by the fourth quar­ter of 2015 — dou­ble the speed in 2014. The num­ber of reg­is­tered IT-re­lated com­pa­nies has tripled from 74,141 in 2013 to 240,413 in 2015, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

China’s IT mar­ket scale has al­so­morethandou­bled­from1.5 tril­lion yuan ($218 bil­lion) in 2014 to 3.2 tril­lion yuan in 2015. IT com­pa­nies are also ex­pand­ing into trans­porta­tion, medicine, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism and diningas­more­gov­ern­ment­poli­cies and in­cen­tives ma­te­ri­al­ize.

The re­port dis­closed un­even dis­tri­bu­tion of IT in­fra­struc­ture, tal­ent and cap­i­tal are the main chal­lenges China faces in ex­pand­ing and deep­en­ing the in­ter­net-based in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try.

The Wuzhen Re­port on World In­ter­net De­vel­op­ment 2016 pub­lished by the con­fer­ence’s or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee on Fri­day states there have been “large-scale data leaks” and “cy­ber at­tacks against pub­lic and cor­po­rate in­fra­struc­ture” .

While “pri­vacy of all and of the young gen­er­a­tion re­mains ex­posed to nu­mer­ous on­line threats”, it said “new types of cy­ber crimes and cy­ber ter­ror­ism be­come more chal­len­gin”.

Against this back­drop, many coun­tries will con­tinue to “make gen­er­ally ac­cepted in­ter­net rules on the ba­sis of re­spect­ing na­tional sovereignty in cy­berspace,” the re­port said. “In­ter­na­tional norms and reg­u­la­tions will be­come the com­mon as­pi­ra­tion of in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety.”

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