Im­prov­ing lives

Dig­i­tal co­op­er­a­tion urged at World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By OUYANG SHI­JIA, LIU YUKUN and CHENG YU in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang Con­tact the writ­ers at ouyang­shi­jia@chi­

The Fifth World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence ended on Fri­day with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and in­dus­try lead­ers call­ing for global ef­forts to build a dig­i­tal world with shared in­ter­ests and col­lec­tive gov­er­nance.

“Co­op­er­a­tion in the dig­i­tal age is more im­por­tant than ever, and we need to do much more to­gether as a global com­mu­nity to en­sure that no one is left be­hind off­line,” El­liott Har­ris, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary-gen­eral for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and chief econ­o­mist in the De­part­ment of Eco­nomic and So­cial Af­fairs of the United Na­tions, said at the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

“The con­fer­ence of­fered an ex­cel­lent space for ex­perts and prac­ti­tion­ers to re­flect col­lec­tively on the is­sues re­lated to the dig­i­tal econ­omy, so­cial in­clu­sion and dig­i­tal gov­er­nance, as we seek to share equitably in the ben­e­fits of the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion.”

The con­fer­ence pro­vided fer­tile ground for co­op­er­a­tion and shar­ing, which is touted as “a show­case of the dig­i­tal achieve­ment of China and the ca­pac­ity of all par­tic­i­pants to col­lab­o­rate”, said Vi­viane Red­ing, mem­ber of Lux­em­bourg’s par­lia­ment and for­mer vi­cepres­i­dent of the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion.

She made a ref­er­ence to China’s role as the world’s big­gest e-com­merce mar­ket with more than 800 mil­lion ne­ti­zens, adding that Chi­nese ne­ti­zens uti­lize the tech­nol­ogy in a very nat­u­ral way.

“China and Eu­rope should jointly work to bet­ter link our dig­i­tal economies, cre­at­ing a com­mon op­por­tu­nity and link our in­dus­tries’ pos­si­bil­i­ties to our star­tups,” Red­ing said. “We should syn­er­gize dig­i­tal strate­gies, co­or­di­nate poli­cies, build com­mon stan­dards of tech­nol­ogy and ethics, pro­mote aca­demic ex­changes and en­hance global co­op­er­a­tion in cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies like 5G and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, to bet­ter equip our so­ci­eties and our in­dus­tries.”

Agreed Zhuang Rong­wen, min­is­ter of the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China. The coun­try is pledg­ing to boost the in­ter­net’s de­vel­op­ment for the bet­ter­ment of peo­ple and eco­nomic growth, he said.

“The in­ter­net is a grow­ing driv­ing force to pro­mote the coun­try’s eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and to im­prove so­cial progress, of­fer­ing new im­pe­tus for the world’s in­ter­net de­vel­op­ment,” Zhuang said.

He also said more ef­forts are needed to cre­ate an in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­ment, boost the de­vel­op­ment of cloud com­put­ing, big data, AI and other tech­nolo­gies, ex­pand ex­changes and deepen co­op­er­a­tion among dif­fer­ent coun­tries and re­gions, ac­cel­er­ate global net­work in­fra­struc­ture, safe­guard data se­cu­rity and bridge the dig­i­tal di­vide.

This year’s con­fer­ence cen­tered on the theme “Cre­at­ing a Dig­i­tal World for Mu­tual Trust and Col­lec­tive Gov­er­nance — To­ward a Com­mu­nity with a Shared Fu­ture in Cy­berspace”, and fea­tured dis­cus­sions on global com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous sec­tors.

More than 1,500 par­tic­i­pants at­tended the event. Among them were gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, schol­ars, in­dus­try lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions from 76 coun­tries and re­gions.

Over the last four years, the con­fer­ence has sought to pro­mote in­dus­trial in­no­va­tion and ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Dur­ing the fifth edi­tion, 431 lo­cal as well as over­seas in­ter­net-re­lated en­ter­prises show­cased their lat­est tech­nolo­gies and prod­ucts at the Light of In­ter­net Expo, which was part of the larger con­fer­ence that fo­cused on sub­jects like the lat­est ap­pli­ca­tions of 5G mo­bile tele­com tech­nol­ogy, self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles and ro­bots.

No­tably, the event sin­gled out 15 top-notch achieve­ments re­lat­ing to in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies, in fields like ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and 5G. They were se­lected from over 400 tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments from more than 20 coun­tries and re­gions.

The se­lec­tion com­mit­tee was co-chaired by Whit­field Diffie, win­ner of the 2015 Tur­ing Award, and Wu He­quan, an aca­demic with the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing, and con­sisted of over 40 Chi­nese and for­eign tech­nol­o­gists. They started col­lect­ing sub­mis­sions in July.

Ten­cent Hold­ings Ltd’s WeChat mini pro­grams, Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Co Ltd ’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence pro­ces­sor, and 360 Se­cu­rity Tech­nol­ogy Inc’s in­tel­li­gent cy­ber­se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion sys­tem made it onto the list. Oth­ers in­cluded the tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices of Baidu Inc, Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd and Xiaomi Corp.

Tesla Inc, the US-based elec­tric ve­hi­cle maker, and Qual­comm Inc, a chip com­pany, were also ap­pre­ci­ated for their smart ser­vices and tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs.

US-based on­line travel gi­ant Book­ing Hold­ings called the con­fer­ence “a great op­por­tu­nity” to build more co­op­er­a­tion for the fu­ture.

Glenn D. Fo­gel, CEO of Book­ing Hold­ings, said: “The con­fer­ence is a great gath­er­ing of tech­nol­ogy ex­perts and busi­ness­peo­ple from around the world. It brings to­gether the bright­est minds in tech­nol­ogy. And lead­ers from var­i­ous in­dus­tries shared ideas and ways to move for­ward for the fu­ture, mak­ing it bet­ter for us to drive our busi­ness growth.

“China has come into its own as an in­no­va­tor, and I be­lieve it will con­tinue to be a pow­er­house for tech in the years to come. The pace of in­no­va­tion is ex­cep­tional here, and the in­tense com­pe­ti­tion means if you are not at the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy in China, you will be gone very soon.”

Dur­ing this year’s event, Honey­well In­ter­na­tional Inc show­cased its lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments in the spheres of the in­ter­net of things, in­dus­trial in­ter­net and re­lated ar­eas.

“It ben­e­fits our busi­nesses a lot. Honey­well is a brand well­known for its elec­tric ap­pli­ances. The expo dur­ing the event let more peo­ple learn more about our IoT busi­ness and re­lated tech­niques,” said Wil­liam Yu, vice-pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Honey­well’s Asia Pa­cific op­er­a­tions.

Agreed Hou Jian­bin, founder and CEO of Zuoye­bang, a lead­ing Chi­nese on­line ed­u­ca­tion com­pany, say­ing this year’s con­fer­ence of­fered a plat­form for in­ter­net com­pa­nies to show­case, share and com­mu­ni­cate their lat­est achieve­ments.

Top­ics con­cern­ing on­line char­ity work showed that in­ter­net-based com­pa­nies have the fore­sight to lever­age tech­nol­ogy to im­prove peo­ple’s lives, he said.

“China is trans­form­ing from a big in­ter­net na­tion to an in­ter­net power. Tech­nolo­gies are of­fer­ing Chi­nese in­ter­net­based en­ter­prises a broader scope,” said Hou. “Th­ese tech­nolo­gies are also mak­ing high­qual­ity re­sources ac­ces­si­ble to more places, es­pe­cially ru­ral ar­eas.”

Lou Xiang, CEO of Hangzhou-based Hengyi Petro­chem­i­cals Co Ltd, said he be­lieves the in­ter­net is grow­ing to be an even more promis­ing sec­tor for China.

“Right now, China is lead­ing the world in its in­ter­net adap­ta­tion in the con­sump­tion sec­tor. Go­ing for­ward, I think there will be a boom in China’s in­dus­trial in­ter­net sec­tor,” Lou said.

The in­ter­net is a grow­ing driv­ing force to pro­mote the coun­try’s eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and to im­prove so­cial progress ...” Zhuang Rong­wen, min­is­ter of the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China


Vi­viane Red­ing, a mem­ber of Lux­em­bourg’s par­lia­ment and for­mer vice-pres­i­dent of the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion, speaks at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Fifth World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in Wuzhen, East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Fri­day.

Au­di­ence mem­bers ap­plaud at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Wuzhen con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

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