Dig­i­tal fu­ture com­pels more co­op­er­a­tion in cy­berspace

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

With dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in the in­te­gra­tion of the glob­al­ized world, joint en­deav­ors for gov­er­nance of the in­ter­net are nec­es­sary to en­sure that all coun­tries ben­e­fit from it. This is why Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in his con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage to the Fifth World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence, which opened on Wed­nes­day in Wuzhen, East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, ex­pressed his hope that all coun­tries will deepen their prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion to in­ject vi­tal­ity into ef­forts to build a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture in cy­berspace.

He said that de­spite hav­ing dif­fer­ent con­di­tions and fac­ing var­i­ous chal­lenges, coun­tries need to work to­gether to pro­mote the dig­i­tal econ­omy, ad­dress cy­ber­se­cu­rity chal­lenges and meet the de­mand for bet­ter gov­er­nance in cy­berspace.

The rapid de­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­net has fun­da­men­tally changed the way peo­ple lead their lives, and its con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment with the es­tab­lish­ing of the in­ter­net of things and the grow­ing use of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence prom­ises fur­ther rev­o­lu­tion­ary changes to come.

For the world econ­omy is on the cusp of an­other turn­ing point as the in­tro­duc­tion of 5G tech­nol­ogy will en­able the con­nec­tion and in­ter­ac­tion of bil­lions of de­vices of al­most any kind, which will have an im­pact on ev­ery as­pect of daily life.

Spurred by this, the po­ten­tial of the dig­i­tal econ­omy is enor­mous. China’s dig­i­tal econ­omy, which is the largest in the world was 27.2 tril­lion yuan ($3.9 tril­lion) last year, ac­count­ing for 32.9 per­cent of its GDP. Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group ex­pects China’s dig­i­tal econ­omy to grow to $16 tril­lion by 2035, lead­ing a trend whereby the dig­i­tal econ­omy will be­come sim­ply the econ­omy.

But as they ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of the dig­i­tal econ­omy it is nec­es­sary for coun­tries to work to­gether to en­sure that the global in­ter­net gov­er­nance sys­tem keeps pace with it to en­sure that the com­ing wave of dig­i­tal glob­al­iza­tion is in­clu­sive and no coun­tries or peo­ple are left be­hind or ex­cluded.

Like­wise, coun­tries must join hands to strengthen global cy­ber­se­cu­rity. As the Wan­naCry ran­somware at­tack showed last year, the per­va­sive­ness of the in­ter­net is also po­ten­tially its Achilles’ heel. Any de­fenses are only as strong as the weak­est point, so coun­tries need to re­al­ize that a se­cure in­ter­net is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity.

With the prin­ci­ples of re­spect­ing in­ter­net sovereignty, safe­guard­ing peace and se­cu­rity, pro­mot­ing in­clu­sive co­op­er­a­tion and es­tab­lish­ing sound or­der, which was pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi at the Sec­ond World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in 2015, the cur­rent con­fer­ence will hope­fully get more tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies and more coun­tries work­ing to­gether to es­tab­lish a frame­work for the bet­ter gov­er­nance of the dig­i­tal world for the ben­e­fit of all.

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