Chinese President Xi Jinping will be making his usually low-key views on cyberspace known in a planned keynote speech at the Second World Internet Conference. The conference is to take place in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province from December 16 to 18, and is expected to yield attendance from representatives of 120 nations and regions, many of the attendees will be representing websites which are incidentally blocked in China.
At Wednesday’s press conference, internet “management” chief Lu Wei revealed that a major theme will be “mutual governance in space,” reported Time. China is in union with Russia and various Central Asian nations on the matter of campaigning for increased government surveillance, by way of an “international code of conduct for information security.” This is of course in contrast to the United States’ structure where information is allowed to flow wild and unfettered across borders.
Perhaps conference attendees will be rewarded again with similarly unfiltered access, as was the case last year when small holes were poked through the Great Firewall for their benefit.
Xi has taken an even tighter hold of the country’s Internet management this year. He was made head of a new leadership committee on cyberspace and passed a new national security law calling for imprisonment of Chinese netizens for various vague offences. He also squeezed in some time to flirt with Mark Zuckerman, proving that zero tolerance truly is the way to your enemies’ hearts.
By Pinky Latt