China is actively trying to export its internal model of Internet governance, according to an article by the International Cyber Policy Center of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
Entitled “China’s cyber vision: How the Cyberspace Administration of China is building a new consensus on global Internet governance,” the document describes how China perceives sovereignty over its Internet as being of equal importance to sovereignty over its territory.
The recent data security initiatives that prevent the spread of Chinese data abroad and the crackdown on tech giants are both expressions of Beijing’s desire to ensure that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can control the Internet. within the borders of China.
Widespread censorship with the Great Firewall is another element, as is the blizzard of new rules covering acceptable online content (another was dropped yesterday, restricting how celebrities can behave online when they are on the go. ‘engage with fans).
China is also striving to share the rules by which it governs its own Internet with other nations, and to “jointly promulgate policies with governments and international companies on the mechanisms of global Internet co-governance, or at least growing national segments of it, while reshaping global norms and standards based on the model of the CCP’s national-level approach, ”the document said.
A key tool for this effort is the World Internet Conference – an event which, despite its name, has only been hosted in China since its inception in 2014. The 2021 edition of the conference has attracted speakers including Elon Musk, the Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Qualcomm. CEO Cristiano Amon.
“The World Internet Conference is an opportunity for China to collaborate with the international community on innovation in Internet development in addition to cooperating on Internet co-governance mechanisms,” the newspaper said. , adding that the event is billed as an international forum but in reality is “under the direct direction and supervision of officials under China’s cyber policy system.”
Technical standards are another front
The United States is also concerned that China is trying to dominate the organizations that control technical standards and, in April 2021, pledged that it would “lead the international standards bodies that set the standards and governance rules for digital technologies. reviews “.
The conference advances China’s vision for the global Internet, which is described with phrases such as “promoting openness and cooperation” and “building a healthy order”.
“Although these ideas seem innocuous, the CCP plans to encourage cooperation in cyberspace to extend its vision of cyberspace to countries that look to the PRC for help to accelerate the development of Internet infrastructure. “, says the document.
The document concludes that China’s efforts should be viewed with caution.
“Due to the lack of transparency within China’s cyber policy system, countries that cooperate with China on Internet development and participate in the World Internet Conference must be vigilant,” the document recommends, before proceeding. add: “By addressing the subject of Internet co-governance. and development strategies with China, countries should consider the future of cyberspace and what information should be shared, if not controlled, by countries like China. “®