Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission

The Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission (Chinese: 中央网络安全和信息化委员会; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Wǎngluò Ānquán Hé Xìnxī Huà Wěiyuánhuì), formerly known as the Central Leading Group for Cybersecurity and Informatization (Chinese: 中央网络安全和信息化领导小组; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Wǎngluò Ānquán Hé Xìnxī Huà Lǐngdǎo Xiǎozǔ) is a policy formulation and implementation body set up under the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party for the purpose of managing internet-related issues. This is believed to include the expansion of online services, internet security concerns, as well as broad jurisdiction over policies on internet censorship. The Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission runs the Public Opinion Information Center, which coordinates with state media outlets on censorship.[1]

Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission
中央网络安全和信息化委员会
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AbbreviationZhongyang Wangxin Wei
(中央网信委)
FormationFebruary 2014
TypeSupra-ministerial policy coordination and consultation body
Legal statusActive
Location
Leader
Xi Jinping
Deputy Leaders
Li Keqiang
Chief of General Office
Zhuang Rongwen (庄荣文)
Parent organization
Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
SubsidiariesCyberspace Administration of China (also known as the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission)
Websitehttp://www.cac.gov.cn/

The decision to establish the group was announced at the 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee in November 2013, but did not hold its first full meeting until February 2014.[2]

The group is also known as the Cyberspace Affairs Leading Group. The Cyberspace Administration of China reports to the group and acts as its executive arm. The Leading Group was not a wholly new created entity, since it was primarily a reconstitution of the Leading Group for National Informatization, with a similar membership composition.[3]

In March 2018, the leading group was transformed into a commission, called the Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Commission, also called the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission (CCAC).[4]

MembershipEdit

  • Director
    • Xi Jinping (Politburo Standing Committee Member, Party General Secretary, State President)
  • Deputy Directors
  • Chief of General Office
    • Zhuang Rongwen (庄荣文), concurrently Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China, deputy head of the Propaganda Department, deputy director of the State Council Information Office (SCIO)
  • Members
    • Unannounced as of March 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fedasiuk, Ryan (January 12, 2021). "Buying Silence: The Price of Internet Censorship in China". Jamestown Foundation. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  2. ^ "中央网络安全和信息化领导小组成立". Xinhua. February 28, 2014. Archived from the original on July 12, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Godement, Francois (July 2015). "Special issue: Governing the Web" (PDF). European Council on Foreign Relations. European Council on Foreign Relations. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 26, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "CPC releases plan on deepening reform of Party and state institutions". People's Daily Online. Archived from the original on 22 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

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