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The World Internet Conference (simplified Chinese: 世界互联网大会; traditional Chinese: 世界互聯網大會; pinyin: Shìjiè Hùliánwǎng Dàhuì), also known as Wuzhen Summit (simplified Chinese: 乌镇峰会; traditional Chinese: 烏鎮峰會; pinyin: Wūzhèn Fēnghuì), is an annual event, first held in 2014, organized by government agencies in China to discuss Internet issues and policy.[1]

World Internet Conference
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Location(s)Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province
InauguratedNovember 19, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-11-19)
Organized byCyberspace Administration of China and People's Government of Zhejiang Province
Website(in Chinese)
World Internet Conference
Simplified Chinese世界互联网大会
Traditional Chinese世界互聯網大會
Wuzhen Summit
Simplified Chinese乌镇峰会
Traditional Chinese烏鎮峰會

Wuzhen DeclarationEdit

At the first World Internet Conference in 2014, an unknown party distributed a draft joint statement affirming the right of individual nations to develop, use, and govern the Internet, a concept Chinese leader Xi Jinping calls cyber sovereignty.[2] Attendees received a draft of the statement overnight, slid under their hotel doors. Some objected to the statement, and the organizers made no mention of it in the conference's final day.[3]

Press accessEdit

World Internet Conference organizers have denied entry to reporters for certain Western media outlets, such as The New York Times.[1][4]

Reporters Without Borders called for a boycott of the 2015 World Internet Conference.[5]

2015 editionEdit

The second World Internet Conference, also held in Wuzhen, Zhejiang was attended by notable figures including internet entrepreneur Jack Ma, Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping, and the prime ministers of Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.[6] Xi promoted his concept of "internet sovereignty", urging the world to "respect each country’s internet sovereignty, respect each country’s right to choose their own development path and management model of the internet". Xi's speech was praised by Ma.[6] The official Chinese media commented that the General Secretary Xi Jinping's speech showed China was bullish on Internet growth and China would build a "Digital Silk Road for Win-Win Cooperation-Information Infrastructure Partnership".[7] The second World Internet Conference releases the Wuzhen Initiative, which calls on all countries to promote Internet development, foster cultural diversity in cyber space, share the fruits of Internet development, ensure peace and security in cyber space, and improve global Internet governance.[8] However, the event was criticised by Amnesty International, which called on technology companies to boycott the conference.[6] Amnesty International urged tech firms to reject China's position, calling it an attempt to promote censorship (on fake news).[9]

In December 2015, Fadi Chehadé announced that, after he leaves his post as ICANN CEO in March 2016, he will become co-chair of a newly formed advisory committee to the World Internet Conference. The first meeting of the committee will take place in mid 2016.[10]

4th World Internet ConferenceEdit

In December 2017, the 4th annual conference was held in China. Apple Inc.'s Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai made their first appearances at Wuzhen Summit.[11] A Qualcomm director gave a keynote speech about advances of 5g and AI.[12] Bob Kahn, known as one of the fathers of the Internet, addresses the opening ceremony.[13]

5th World Internet ConferenceEdit

In November 2018, Xinhua's World first artificial intelligence (AI) anchor makes debut at the 5th annual conference that opens in China.[14]

6th World Internet ConferenceEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Makinen, Julie; Yang, Yingzhi; Li, Alexandra (2015-12-15). "'Freedom requires strict order': China preps for second World Internet Conference". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  2. ^ "Xi Jinping calls for 'cyber sovereignty' at internet conference". BBC. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  3. ^ "China Delivers Midnight Internet Declaration — Offline". China Real Time Report. 2014-11-21. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  4. ^ Zeng, Vivienne (2015-12-15). "Not shared by all? China blocks New York Times from World Internet Conference". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  5. ^ Carsten, Paul (2015-12-16). "China calls for Internet front to fight hacking, cyber 'arms race'". Reuters. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  6. ^ a b c Zeng, Vivienne (18 December 2015). "Albaba's Jack Ma sings praises of Xi's global vision of 'internet management'". Hong Kong Free Press.
  7. ^ "Xi's speech: Reactions from the ground". China Daily. 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  8. ^ Zhu, Shenshen (29 December 2015). "Wuzhen initiative on Internet future". Hong Kong Free Press.
  9. ^ Griffiths, James (2015-12-16). "Chinese President Xi Jinping: Hands off our Internet". CNN. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  10. ^ Chehadé, Fadi (23 December 2015). "My Transition from ICANN CEO, an Update". ICANN Blog. ICANN. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  11. ^ Horwitz, Josh (4 December 2017). "Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai's surprise remarks at China's "open internet" conference". Quartz. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
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  13. ^ Horwitz, Josh (2017-12-01). "Guests address opening ceremony of 4th World Internet Conference". Global Times. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  14. ^ Handley, Lucy (2018-11-09). "The 'world's first' A.I. news anchor has gone live in China". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-01-28.

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