IGF 2018 OF #20 Technological Innovation and Internet Governance Rules

Subtheme: 

Other
Sub-theme description: Internet Governance Norms and Rules

Description: 

Nowadays, a new round of technological and industrial revolution represented by information technology is gaining momentum, and new technologies including Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, industrial Internet and IPv6 are booming, injecting strong impetus to economic and social development. At the same time, however, new problems and new challenges such as uneven distribution of Internet resources, new types of cyber attack and cyber crime, and data leakage have become more evident. As the global Internet governance system enters a new crucial period in transformation, all parties of the international community are making active efforts to seek solutions. As Internet technological innovation is prior to the formulation process of rules of conduct and international legal system for cyberspace, technological innovation will surely lead to the Internet governance transformation, which in turn needs strong support of new technology. The Chinese government proposes a multilateral approach with multi-party participation for international cyberspace governance, leveraging the role of various players, including governments, international organizations, Internet companies, technology communities, non-government institutions and individual citizens;all parties shall seize the opportunities brought by Internet technology development and synergize cooperation to jointly uphold cyber security, participate in Internet governance and share the fruits of governance, with a view to promoting the building of a more fair and reasonable international order and equitable and rational international rules so that the dividends of Internet development will better benefit people around the world. The proposed Open Forum intends to invite speakers from Chinese cyberspace authorities, world-known Internet businesses, research institutes, and think tanks. It aims to act as a platform where China’s achievements of Internet technological innovation and development and relevant policies as well as experience and practices in this regard will be shared, and discussions on how to promote Internet governance transformation with emerging technologies with the rest of the world will be held.

Organizers: 

Cyberspace Administration of China

Speakers: 

Wu Hequan Chinese Academy of Engineering Wang Wei PTI, ICANN Liu Dong China Future Internet Engineering Center Li Yuxiao Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies Xie Yongjiang Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Stephen Ibaraki International Telecommunication Union Bruce McConnell EastWest Institute Harry Shum Microsoft Luigi Gambardella ChinaEU Leonid Todorov Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association

Online Moderator: 

Delegate from Cyberspace Administration of China

Report: 

IGF 2018 Long Report

 

- Session Type:

Open Forum

 

- Title:

Technological Innovation and Internet Governance Rules

 

- Date & Time:

14/11/2018,11:20-12:20

 

- Organizer(s):

Cyberspace Administration of China

 

- Chair/Moderator:

Mr. Yuxiao Li

 

- Rapporteur/Notetaker:

Ms. Luman Sun

Ms. Lan Cao

 

- List of speakers and their institutional affiliations:

Madam Qi Xiaoxia, Director General of International Cooperation Bureau of Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)                 

Professor. Li Yuxiao, Vice-President of  Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies. the Coordinator of the  High-level Advisory Council of the World Internet Conference Organizing Committee

Mr. Paul Wilson, Direct General of APNIC

Mr. Leonid Todorov, General Manage of APTLD

Mr. Demi Getschko, CEO of the Brazilian Network Information Center, one member of the Internet Hall of Fame

Professor. Wolfgang·kleinwachter, board member of the Medienstadt Leipzig e.V

Mr. Jiang Wei, Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies

Mr. Ma Teng, Cyberspace Administration of China

Professor. Xie Yongjiang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

 

- Theme:

The 5th World Internet Conference

Technological Innovation

Internet Governance

 

- Subtheme:

The achievements of the 5th World Internet Conference

The revolution of information technologies

Internet Governance Rules

- Please state no more than three (3) key messages of the discussion.

1. The internet is becoming an important drive for innovative development and social progress, benefiting the whole humankind. The new technologies, such as AI, blockchain, Industrial internet and IoTs, have been widely used in economic, cultural and other fields. Technological innovation will surely lead to the Internet governance transformation,which in turn needs strong support of new technology. To some extent, the cyberspace has become the new area of the global governance system revolution.

 

2. China is going through a historic process of rapid application of information technologies. The technologies represented by the Internet have brought about new ways of social production, created new space for people’s life. The Chinese people have got more sense of gain in sharing the results of Internet development. China attaches importance to both development and governance of Internet. Now China has found a path of Internet governance with Chinese characteristics, thus contributing China’s experience to the global Internet development and governance. China’s practice of Internet development and governance will surely give a new choice for developing countries.

 

3. The governance and order of cyberspace are becoming ever more important. We should formulate complete cyberspace governance rules and promote the reform of the global governance system. All parties of the international community are making active efforts to seek solutions, including governments, international organizations, internet companies, technology communities, non-government institutions and individual citizens. All parties should enhance cooperation to uphold cyber security, participate in internet governance and share the achievements of governance.

 

- Please elaborate on the discussion held, specifically on areas of agreement and divergence.

There was broad support for the view that the energization level of the Internet is playing an increasingly important role in driving and leading economic and social development. Cyberspace has become the space of activity for all human beings. So the governance and order of cyberspace are becoming ever more important.

Many indicated that we need a digital world of mutual trust and collective governance. The governments, international organizations, Internet businesses, technical communities, private sectors and individuals should all play their role through effective and constructive cooperation to build a safer and healthier global cyberspace. They indicated that the governments of all countries should be more and more dominant in the cyberspace governance.

Many indicated that there are many active issues in the Internet governance, many of which are not technical. In the future, we need more interdisciplinary discussions and research to promote the sustaining development of the Internet. We should establish deepen cooperation in technical R&D, rule and regulation making and information sharing.

Many supported  that the 5th World Internet Conference (WIC) formed some important achievements. It published the “China Internet Development Report 2018” and “World Internet Development Report 2018”. The HAC members discussed major cyberspace issues of global concern and approved the “Wuzhen Outlook 2018”. The WIC reflects both opportunities and challenges brought by the Internet to social development and national governments. Besides, There is still a lot of room for improvement. In particular, more countries and International organizations should participate in the WIC.

 

- Please describe any policy recommendations or suggestions regarding the way forward/potential next steps.

With the advent of new technologies and applications that keep engendering new demands and challenges, it’s increasingly clear that the international cyberspace governance is not merely a technical issue but a holistic one. All parties, including governments, international organizations, Internet companies, technology communities, non-governmental institutions and individual citizens should all play their role through effective and constructive cooperation to build a  safer and healthier cyberspace. During such collaborative process, we must keep in mind that countries under various development stages have their respective challenges both domestically and externally. Each and every country has the right to choose its way of development in cyberspace. Policymakers are not seeking an identical way forward but the mutual trust on which the global rules and norms for cyberspace could be built.

That being said, it is highly advised that governments should play a greater role in promoting all actors to participate in international events relating to cyberspace, such as the Internet Governance Forum, the World Summit on Information Society Forum and the World Internet Conference.

All in all, the international community should work far more closely to deepen strategic mutual trust, improve the governance mechanisms and promote the implementation of rules in order to improve the global Internet governance process to reach a new stage.

 

- What ideas surfaced in the discussion with respect to how the IGF ecosystem might make progress on this issue?

IGf serves as a way to make people understand what are the opportunities and challenges brought by ICTs to countries under their variant development stages, so as to understand their mentality and practices in the Internet governance measures. Based on such understanding, our respective roles are clear as much as the resources we need. All these shall serve as a catalyst for further dialogue, negotiation, and cooperation featuring openness, transparency and efficiency, which in turn can help us to define what a smart political resolution should be.

It is recommended to summarize and publish the consensus and divergence that existed at IGF. In this way, the IGF will substantially expand the consensus on Internet-related issues.

We should make the IGF more planable. For example, it is recommended to approve the MAG earlier so that they can start work at the beginning of the year. 

 

- Please estimate the total number of participants.

About 100 participants.

 

- Please estimate the total number of women and gender-variant individuals present.

About 40 women present.

 

- To what extent did the session discuss gender issues, and if to any extent, what was the discussion? [100 words]

No discussion related to gender issues.

 

- Session outputs and other relevant links (URLs):

https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2018-day-3-salle-ix...

 

 

IGF 2018 Short Report

 

 

- Session Type:

Open Forum

 

- Title:

Technological Innovation and Internet Governance Rules

 

- Date & Time:

14/11/2018,11:20-12:20

 

- Organizer(s):

Cyberspace Administration of China

 

- Chair/Moderator:

Mr. Yuxiao Li

 

- Rapporteur/Notetaker:

Ms. Luman Sun

Ms. Lan Cao

 

- List of speakers and their institutional affiliations (Indicate male/female/ transgender male/ transgender female/gender variant/prefer not to answer):

 

Madam Qi Xiaoxia, Director General of International Cooperation Bureau of Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)                 

Professor. Li Yuxiao, Vice-President of  Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies. the Coordinator of the  High-level Advisory Council of the World Internet Conference Organizing Committee

Mr. Paul Wilson, Direct General of APNIC

Mr. Leonid Todorov, General Manage of APTLD

Mr. Demi Getschko, CEO of the Brazilian Network Information Center, one member of the Internet Hall of Fame

Professor. Wolfgang·kleinwachter, board member of the Medienstadt Leipzig e.V

Mr. Jiang Wei, Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies

Mr. Ma Teng, Cyberspace Administration of China

Professor. Xie Yongjiang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

 

- Theme (as listed here):

The 5th World Internet Conference

Technological Innovation

Internet Governance

- Subtheme (as listed here):

The achievements of the 5th World Internet Conference

The revolution of information technologies

Internet Governance Rules

 

- Please state no more than three (3) key messages of the discussion.

1. The internet is becoming an important drive for innovative development and social progress, benefiting the whole humankind. The new technologies, such as AI, blockchain, Industrial internet and IoTs, have been widely used in economic, cultural and other fields. Technological innovation will surely lead to the Internet governance transformation,which in turn needs strong support of new technology.

 

2. China attaches importance to both development and governance of Internet. Now China has found a path of Internet governance with Chinese characteristics, thus contributing China’s experience to the global Internet development and governance. China’s practice of Internet development and governance will surely give a new choice for developing countries.

 

3. All parties of the international community are making active efforts to seek solutions, including governments, international organizations, internet companies, technology communities, non-government institutions and individual citizens. All parties should enhance cooperation to uphold cyber security, participate in internet governance and share the achievements of governance.

 

- Please elaborate on the discussion held, specifically on areas of agreement and divergence.

There was broad support for the view that the energization level of the Internet is playing an increasingly important role in driving and leading economic and social development. And we need a digital world of mutual trust and collective governance.

Many indicated that there are many active issues in the Internet governance, many of which are not technical. In the future, we need more interdisciplinary discussions and research to promote the sustaining development of the Internet.

Many supported  that the 5th World Internet Conference (WIC) formed some important achievements. It published the “China Internet Development Report 2018” and “World Internet Development Report 2018”. The HAC members discussed major cyberspace issues of global concern and approved the “Wuzhen Outlook 2018”. The WIC reflects both opportunities and challenges brought by the Internet to social development and national governments. Besides, There is still a lot of room for improvement. In particular, more countries and International organizations should participate in the WIC.

 

- Please describe any policy recommendations or suggestions regarding the way forward/potential next steps.

The international community should work far more closely to deepen strategic mutual trust, improve the governance mechanisms and promote the implementation of rules in order to improve the global Internet governance process to reach a new stage.

The governments, international organizations, Internet business, technical communities,private sectors, and individuals should all play their role through effective and constructive cooperation to build a  safer and healthier cyberspace.

 

- What ideas surfaced in the discussion with respect to how the IGF ecosystem might make progress on this issue?

IGf serves as a way to make people understand what are the opportunities and challenges brought by ICTs to countries under their variant development stages, so as to understand their mentality and practices in the Internet governance measures. Based on such understanding, our respective roles are clear as much as the resources we need. All these shall serve as a catalyst for further dialogue, negotiation, and cooperation featuring openness, transparency and efficiency, which in turn can help us to define what a smart political resolution should be.

It is recommended to summarize and publish the consensus and divergence that existed at IGF. In this way, the IGF will substantially expand the consensus on Internet-related issues.

 

- Please estimate the total number of participants.

About 100 participants.

 

- Please estimate the total number of women and gender-variant individuals present.

About 40 women present.

 

- To what extent did the session discuss gender issues, and if to any extent, what was the discussion?

No discussion related to gender issues.

Session Time: 
Wednesday, 14 November, 2018 - 11:20 to 12:20
Room: 
Salle IX

Contact Information

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