Community Statement Presented at Wuzhen Summit
• Nov 20, 2014 5:22 PM PST
By James Seng
China is holding the First Internet Conference in the rivertown of Wuzhen, calling for global Internet interconnectivity and shared governance by all. Founders of China’s top three Internet companies Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu as well as executives from global giants including Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook all joined the gala.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory note to the ceremony, hoping countries can jointly build a cyberspace of peace, security, openness and cooperation and an international Internet governance system of multilateralism, democracy and transparency.
Lu Wei, Minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China, hoped the attendees would make plans for Internet interconnectivity and shared governance as well as promote consensus and to make a historical contribution for the Internet.
Many of the global Internet community have been invited to the event. Some of us are here but many are not able to attend due to the short notice. On behalf of the attached signatories, I have presented the following statement at the Wuzhen Summit.
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2014 marks the 20th year anniversary of the era of Internet in China. Today, China has more than 600 million Internet users, accounting for nearly a quarter of the world’s total Internet users. There are four million websites in China and e-commerce annual turnover is 1.6 trillion US dollars. Three of the world’s ten largest Internet companies by market value are based in China.
To quote Minister Lu Wei’s keynote speech at the ICANN opening ceremony in London in June 2014, “The Internet is profoundly changing people’s live, promoting social progress, leading the development of the country, creating the world’s future.”
We, the undersigned, sincerely invite the leaders of the Chinese Internet Community to recognize the following generally accepted Internet principles as a base upon which to build for the Internet in China:
• To preserve Internet as an innovation environment based on open and distributed architecture;
• To develop the Internet as an unified and unfragmented space based on end-to-end open Internet and deployment of IPv6;
• To promote open standards made by rough consensus of the global technical community;
• To uphold the security, stability and resilience of the Internet through strong cooperation among different stakeholders;
• To support future Internet governance building upon multi-stakeholder processes ensuring meaningful and accountable participation.
As Internet availability and use in China expands, not only will China benefit internally, it is poised to be a significant contributor to the Global Internet Community.We look forward both to that occurring and to contributing to it.
The undersigned representing themselves only (in alphabetical order)
Adam Peake, Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan
Akinbo, Adebunmi Adeola, Nigeria Internet Registration Association
Alan Levin, Internet Society of South Africa
Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder, CISO, .SE
Barry Shein, TheWorld
Carlton Samuels, ICT4D Jamaica
Christian de Larrinaga
Christopher Wilkinson 秦基辅
Prof. David J. Farber, Carnegie Mellon University
Dewayne Hendricks, Dandin Group
Eric Burger 柏尔立
Eric Brunner-William, CORE
Esaki Hiroshi, WIDE Project
Prof. Janna Anderson, Elon University
James Seng, 21Vianet Group, Inc
Prof. Kilnam Chon, KAIST
Marco Davids, SIDN
Michael Roberts, The Darwin Group, Inc., former ICANN CEO
Nick Ashton-Hart, Internet & Digital Ecosystem Alliance (IDEA)
Patrik Fältström, Head of Research and Development, Netnod
Paul Twomey, Argo Pacific Pty Ltd, former ICANN CEO
Paul Vixie, Farsight Security, Inc
Pindar Wong 黃平达
Rod Beckstrom, former ICANN CEO
Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro
Prof. Shigeki Goto, Waseda University
Prof. Suguru Yamaguchi, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Tony Hain, Hain Global Consulting, Inc, former IAB
Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Internet Pioneer
The undersigned representing the organization (in alphabetical order)
The South Pacific Computer Society
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