Access Alert | China’s World Internet Conference 2022

Access Alert | China’s World Internet Conference 2022

China held its annual World Internet Conference 2022 (WIC 2022 / 世界互联网大会) in Wuzhen between 9-11 Nov 2022, with the theme “Towards a Shared Digital Future in a Connected World – Building a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace”. The conference comes closely after the 20th Communist Party Congress, where Xi Jinping secured his unprecedented third term as China’s president.

In line with recent Chinese government and market developments and movements, the focus this year shifted away from its former glitz and highlights around consumer technology, and focused more on policy and governance. While there was participation from Russia’s Kaspersky, Japanese Seiko Epson, and other technology companies from China, COVID-19 restrictions continued to keep international visitors to a minimum, and there was the conspicuous absence of China’s biggest technology company founders and key private sector technology leaders.

Topics covered during the conference included:

  • The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on Cyberspace
  • Global Development Initiative Digital Cooperation
  • Cross-Strait, Hong Kong and Macao Internet Development
  • Bridging Digital Divides
  • Internet Communications and Peaceful Development
  • Digital Infrastructure: Connectivity and Innovative Development
  • Industrial Internet
  • Data Governance
  • Digital Society amid the Epidemic
  • Cybersecurity Forum for Technology Development and International Cooperation
  • Digital Economy
  • Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics

China observers may want to note the release of the China Internet Development Report 2022 by the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies, which provides updated figures on China’s internet infrastructure, such as:

  • Internet access in rural China: 98%
  • Rural China online retail sales: CNY2.05t / USD 290m
  • 5G base stations (2022): 1854
  • 23 bilateral e-commerce agreements with 23 countries and China

The World Internet Development Report 2022 by the same agency was also released during the conference. More information on the conference can be found at https://home.wicwuzhen.cn

The Fair Tech Institute (FTI) focuses on developing substantive research that provides insight into the intersection of technology and governance. For more information on developments around the world around technology, business, government, and good governance, contact [email protected].

 

Related Articles

Access Alert: Saudi Arabia – Pioneering Sustainable Space Endeavours

Access Alert: Saudi Arabia – Pioneering Sustainable Space Endeavours

In an effort to showcase its focus on sustainable space exploration and utilisation, Saudi Arabia hosted the Space Debris Conference...

1 Mar 2024 Opinion
FinTech’s Role in SMEs and Inclusive Growth

FinTech’s Role in SMEs and Inclusive Growth

SMEs account for 90% of businesses and 50% of employment globally. However, limited financial access and regulatory complexities prevent these...

29 Feb 2024 Opinion
Tech Policy Trends 2024: Consumer protection – The next battleground for digital pioneers

Tech Policy Trends 2024: Consumer protection – The next battleground for digital pioneers

With technologies emerging and advancing at a rapid pace, tech players are under unprecedented scrutiny for how it impacts consumers’...

28 Feb 2024 Opinion
Access Alert: Advancing pan-African mobile roaming to unlock seamless connectivity and growth opportunities

Access Alert: Advancing pan-African mobile roaming to unlock seamless connectivity and growth opportunities

Digital transformation is accelerating in Africa, driven by the growing adoption of mobile services. According to the World Bank, sub-Saharan...

23 Feb 2024 Opinion