17 November 2014

World Internet Conference, Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China

The World Internet Conference, November 19-21st is being held in the historic city of Wuzhen in Zhejiang Province. The theme of the event is Interconnected World, Shared and Governed By All. Focusing on the principles of innovation, development and cooperation, the event is being positioned as a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and exchange.

China's State Internet Information Office (SIIO), which reportedly is involved with suppression of free speech in China and internet censorship is actively participating (see below).

The event will have at least ten sessions, covering topics such as cyber security, cyber crime, informatization, Internet finance, Internet governance, and the Internet economy, as well as strategies for "confidence-building" and addressing the digital divide. Speakers include Fadi Chehade President and CEO of  ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Roughly 500 participants are expected. (No online participation)

In addition to SIIO officials, the event will include ministerial-level officials from other relevant [Chinese] ministries, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Public Security. Senior executives of China's leading Internet companies will also be invited, as will officials from G20/BRIC countries, key international organizations, and experts and academics. SIIO and Zhejiang Provincial Government held a joint press conference in October to formally announce the event. The event is envisioned as the first of many annual or bi-annual events.

The Conference website: www.wicwuzhen.cn

World Internet Conference Program:
Wednesday, November 19th,2014
08:30-10:30 Session: New Internet Media,New Ecosystem
11:00-12:30 Opening Ceremony
13:30-15:00 Session: Information Economy Forum: Zhejiang as a Window to China
14:00-16:00 Session: Creating Online Global Village Together
14:00-16:00 Session: Mobile Internet Forum
16:30-18:30 High-level Dialogue--An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All

Thursday, November 20th,2014
08:30-11:30 Session: Cross-border E-commerce and Economic Globalization
08:30-10:30 Session: Countering Cyber Terrorism with Enhanced International Cooperation
09:30-11:30 Chinese and Foreign Entrepreneurs Summit
13:30-17:30 Session: Security and Cooperation in Cyberspace
14:00-16:00 Session: Internet and Finance: Stimulating Financial Innovation and Economic Development with Internet
14:00-16:00 Session: Internet and Government: Reinventing Public Service
20:30-22:00 Cultural Show(Invited Only)

Friday, November 21st,2014
09:00-11:00 Session: Global Internet Governance Forum
09:00-11:00 Session(closed door, Invited Only): Constructing a Peaceful, Safe, Open and Cooperative Cyberspace
09:00-11:00 Session: The Rule of Law in Cyberspace
09:00-11:00 Session: Internet Celebrities Dialogue
11:30-12:00 Closing Ceremony/Awarding Wuzhen as the Permanent Site of World Internet Conference

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