Third China-U.S. Internet Forum held in San Francisco

16:33, December 11, 2009      

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The Third China-U.S. Internet Forum, themed "Communicating and Cooperating to Cope with Challenges", was held on December 9 and 10 in San Francisco in the U.S.

Deputy Minister of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee and consultant to the Internet Society of China Cai Mingzhao, U.S. Under Secretary of State Robert Hermes and U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce David Kappos attended the forum and delivered speeches. Over 130 people and government officials from China and the U.S.'s well-known Internet enterprises, organizations and academic institutions participated in the forum.

Cai made a speech entitled "Guaranteeing Safe Flow of Internet Information" in which he pointed out that at present, pornography, fraud, spam emails and computer viruses are severely prevailing on the Internet, and we must pay special attention to safe flow of Internet information. If we cannot guarantee the safety of Internet information, the so-called free information flow becomes just a disordered flow. If the information flowing on the Internet is just junk and harmful information that is illegal and useless, it will cause damage to society.

Cai emphasized that teenagers have become the largest online surfing group, and the Internet is playing a more and more important role in their lives. At present, there is a lot of harmful information such as pornography and fraudulent information on the Internet, which badly damage teenagers' physical and mental health. While guaranteeing the safety of the Internet, protecting teenagers is an extremely important thing to do. The Internet service industry should strengthen its self-discipline and adopt necessary administrative and technical measures to prevent harmful information such as pornography from spreading, and the industry should also actively accept social supervisions and strive to offer a much safer Internet environment for teenagers' healthy growth.

Cai also expressed that different countries of the world have different specific situations, and for Internet safety, it is impossible to use only one standard of measure, only one law to restrict, and only one pattern to administrate the Internet. We should fully understand and respect the diversity of different countries' specific situations, the diversity of Internet cultures, and the diversity of the things related to Internet safety. After which, we should seek common views from the diversity and search harmony from the differences to boost Internet development and prosperity together.

U.S. Under Secretary of State Robert Hermes said that the China-U.S. Internet Industry Forum provides a channel for the Internet industry of the both countries to frankly exchange views and enhance mutual trust. The development of the Internet brings about opportunities for economic and social development as well as huge challenges to network security. He hopes that the two sides will strengthen cooperation and jointly cope with network security risks.

The forum lasted one and a half days. Chinese and US representatives extensively exchanged views about the "Internet's role in economic recovery," "online protection for youths," "online intellectual property rights protection" and "new Internet technologies and concepts." The topic of "online protection for youths," in particular, aroused sympathetic responses from representatives on the both sides who unanimously agree that protecting youths from the infringement of harmful information including pornography is the common responsibility of all Internet-related departments. China has adopted a series of measures to crack down on online pornography recently, which serves as an example for other countries in the world. As big Internet users, both China and the U.S. should improve their legal and technical cooperation to build a network environment for youths that can reassure parents and satisfy society.

The China-U.S. Internet Industry Forum is jointly held by the Internet Society of China and Microsoft. China and the U.S. have held the Internet Industry Forum twice since 2007, first in Seattle and then in Shanghai. The forum has not only brought benefits to the Internet industry from both countries, but has also attracted extensive attention from the international society.

By People's Daily Online
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