Change for international Internet users

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China just recently hosted the first World Internet Conference wherein they introduced Internet czar Lu Wei to the international community. In the conference, Lu Wei took advantage the situation by introducing his international agenda. Lu Wei has been interested in trying to expand his engagement towards foreign regulators and companies. He has been an established figure in the Internet community of China. He focused on engaging with domestic agencies and online service and information for the first two years. Lu wants to establish a national Internet sovereignty, international adoption of the Chinese regulatory model and continued gate keeping of international online companies. This proposal would be difficult for Hong Kong citizens due to the controlling of international Internet information.

CEO of Alibaba

CEO of Alibaba

It is not going to be difficult for Lu to implement such plan in the Chinese Internet community. He has close ties with President Xi Jinping and the Party. This means that his proposal could represent what the Party wants in the international stage. International community will not be able to write him off due to his influence. Other Chinese online giants such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent are also supporters of the Party for the last two years. They agree with what Lu Wei wants for the future of the online world. It has been easier for the Chinese Internet to develop into something that government’s agenda are aligned with. It poses a threat to foreign companies or regulators who would want to push China to play the online game on their terms.

Lu Wei’s agenda would be trying to establish international recognition for China’s sovereignty over its own cyberspace. It would be difficult for companies and government to endorse China’s right to continue to regulate. The second objective would be taking China’s national sovereignty global. It aims to build credence for the broader global adoption of a Chinese styled regulatory environment. Lu promised that it will make Internet safe for users, government and corporate entities.

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