Event to create a better online environment

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Regulator seeks to protect personal information, eliminate bullying and rumors

The 2022 China Internet Civilization Conference will be held in Tianjin from Aug. 28-29, aiming to call on all walks of life to build a better online environment, a senior cyberspace regulator said Tuesday. .

The conference, which will kick off at the National Convention and Exhibition Center (Tianjin), features a main forum and a network integrity summit, with 10 sub-forums covering topics such as rule of law governance of cyberspace, fighting online rumors and stepping up protection of personal information, according to Sheng Ronghua, deputy head of the Cyberspace Administration of China.

“Representatives from ministries, companies, organizations, celebrities and experts involved in the internet industry will be present and will share their ideas on these topics,” he said.

This is the second time the conference has been held. It was held for the first time in Beijing in November.

In response to public concerns, including those about online harassment and harmful reporting, the administration has taken a series of steps in recent years to improve the governance of cyberspace.

Since 2019, for example, more than 20 billion pieces of harmful information in cyberspace and some 1.4 billion problematic online accounts have been wiped out, Sheng said.

This year, a campaign against Internet bullying was also launched nationwide, with comments and private chats in online groups, forums, e-commerce platforms and mini-programs as main targets. , did he declare.

So far, more than 65.4 million posts suspected of attacking, slandering or defaming other people on the internet have been deleted, while 78,000 illegal accounts have been closed, he added.

“We have also encouraged internet platforms to join us in preventing online harassment by innovating and improving their prevention systems, such as sending risk alerts to users at risk of harassment and guiding them to use the ‘one-click’ function to keep away from evil,” he said.

In addition, Internet service providers and platforms have been required to verify the identity of users and show their IP addresses to prevent paid posters and those who register and use accounts for harmful or even illegal acts, in cyberspace, according to Sheng.

“Online issues that widely influence internet users and harm their interests are always our main battlegrounds in cyberspace governance,” he added.

Zhang Xunhong, head of the administration’s Internet-related social affairs, called on more sectors, including social organizations and Internet enterprises, to jointly make greater efforts to create a better online environment.

“We will only have healthy development in cyberspace when everyone surfs the Internet in a civilized manner,” he added.

In recent years, China has intensified its efforts to strengthen cyberspace governance. Last year he launched a two-month campaign targeting those who incite young people to spend large sums of money on celebrities and their products, flaunt their wealth or engage in disparaging exchanges with fans of rival artists.

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