Event Wrap: World Internet Conference, China

By on 23 Dec 2016

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More than 1,600 guests from over 110 economies attended the third World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen, China. This was the inaugural event to be held in the new, purpose-built Wuzhen International Internet Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The theme of this year’s ‘Wuzhen Summit’ was ‘Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All—Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace’ comprising 16 forums covering themes including Internet technologies, economy, culture and governance, and international Internet cooperation.

APNIC’s Paul Wilson and Pablo Hinojosa participated at the event.

APNIC activities:

  • Before the conference, Paul attended the High-level Advisory Council (HAC) meeting, which reviewed the proposed ‘Wuzhen Report on World Internet Development 2016‘. Although initially approved by the HAC as an input to the conference, the document was finally released after the event as an ‘outcome document’.
  • During the summit, Paul gave a keynote presentation on IPv6 and IoT security during a panel discussion organized by CNNIC.
  • Meetings were held with partners including the Beijing Internet Institute (BII), CNNIC, ICANN, APTLD and CERT.to (Tonga CERT) to discuss current and potential collaboration. A meeting with former CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, was held to review and celebrate the recent IANA stewardship transition.
  • Paul gave interviews to CNBC Asia-Pacific and Al-Jazeera, where he commented on the importance of engaging with China on Internet-related matters.
  • Many other discussions about diplomacy in China, e-learning platforms, innovation and start-ups in China and more, took place with conference delegates. APNIC’s role and activities were discussed along with the announcement of the recently established APNIC Foundation.
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