China’s Opportunity: A ‘De-Americanized’ Approach of Global Internet Governance

//Leshuo Dong is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in international communication at the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University in China. She is currently working with CGCS’s Internet Policy Observatory (IPO) conducting research on Chinese internet foreign policy.

On June 23rd at the ICANN 50 in London, the Director of the China State Council Internet Information Office, Lu Wei, asserted in his keynote speech that the future of global internet governance should be a ‘shared space.’ A few weeks before, at a conference on information and internet security co-hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations deputy minister of foreign affairs of China, officials proposed four principles of internet security : peace, sovereignty, collaboration and benefit. It was previously uncommon for Chinese ministerial level officials to address China’s internet policy to a global audience, but it appears that government strategies surrounding internet policies and rhetoric have changed. These intense articulations of China’s position on internet governance show that China is entering the arena of global internet governance, with a discourse pushing for a ‘de-Americanized’ approach to global internet governance.

While trying to legitimatize governmental control over the internet, the Chinese official discourse framed the internet as a powerful ‘booster’ to China’s reform and a new ‘engine’ to the country’s economic and social development. As a second component, it warns that the internet contains…

 

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The GovLab Selected Curation of Articles on Net-Governance: Issue 41

The Selected Curation of Articles on Net-governance (the SCAN) is a weekly digest on internet governance news, reports, and events produced by the Governance Lab @NYU (the GovLab) as part of the GovLab’s Living Labs on Smarter Governance project. The SCAN is cross-posted weekly from the GovLab on the Internet Policy Observatory. The original posting of the GovLab SCAN- Issue 41, September 5, 2014 can be found here

This week’s highlights:

  • The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Istanbul, Turkey this week. Topics of significance this year included the transition of the stewardship of the IANA functions, ICANN’s “accountability update”, net neutrality, safeguarding the multistakeholder model, the Internet and human rights, and Internet access. The full schedule can be found here.
  • The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is focusing on reducing anti-competition policies this week in what is viewed as a significant position statement with regards to net neutrality debates.
  • The U.S. Congress will deliberate on two privacy bills when Congress resumes on September 8: The USA FREEDOM Act –currently holding widespread support- and CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) –a bill that is currently…

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The GovLab Selected Curation of Articles on Net-Governance: Issue 40

The Selected Curation of Articles on Net-governance (the SCAN) is a weekly digest on internet governance news, reports, and events produced by the Governance Lab @NYU (the GovLab) as part of the GovLab’s Living Labs on Smarter Governance project. The SCAN is cross-posted weekly from the GovLab on the Internet Policy Observatory. The original posting of the GovLab SCAN- Issue 40, August 29, 2014 can be found here.

This week’s highlights:

  • This week the NETmundial Initiative launched at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. The Initiative is intended to “contribute to the broader international effort to advance multistakeholder Internet governance on the basis of the NETmundial principles”. The event was recorded and live-streamed; the recordings are available here.
  • The ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) begins next week (September 2 – 5). The 2014 IGF will focus on many topics, including the IANA Stewardship Transition, the purpose and goals of the NETmundial Initiative, and issues such as…

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The GovLab Selected Curation of Articles on Net-Governance: Issue 39

//The Selected Curation of Articles on Net-governance (the SCAN) is a weekly digest on internet governance news, reports, and events produced by the Governance Lab @NYU (the GovLab) as part of the GovLab’s Living Labs on Smarter Governance project. The SCAN is cross-posted weekly from the GovLab on the Internet Policy Observatory. The original posting of the GovLab SCAN- Issue 39, August 22, 2014 can be found here.

This week’s highlights:

  • The ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place from September 2 – 5, 2014.
  • ICANN has released a proposed revision to its Bylaws that would require a two-thirds majority vote for the ICANN Board to reject Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advice.
  • The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) of ICANN has released a report detailing and explaining the history and management of…

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