Tim Cook backs China's internet censorship

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The rankings, compiled by the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies, were released on Monday at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, eastern China's Zhejiang province, and provide an unprecedented insight into how the country sees its internet development in comparison with other nations. According to Reuters, Xi noted that China is "entering a fast lane" in its online development, so its doors will "only become more and more open" over the next few years.

"We hope Thailand will share the benefit and happiness brought by the development of internet industry along China's 'digital silk road, '" he said. He added the cyber sovereignty will play a central role in the vision of internet development.

Xi said China hopes to work with the global community to respect cyberspace sovereignty and carry forward the spirit of partnership to commonly advance development, safeguard security, participate in governance, and share the benefits. The World Internet Conference is spearheaded by the Cyberspace Administration of China and largely viewed as a way for the country to promote its version of a censored and controlled internet...

"China's door to the world will never close, but will only open wider", he said.

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China's internet governance initiatives include strict new censorship and surveillance curbs introduced this year that target news outlets, social media and individuals on the net.

"I think it's critical to have all the countries come together to build a better future for our society", said Mohammed Almeshekah, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia. "I worry about people thinking like machines", he said.

"Building a community of common future in cyberspace has increasingly become the widespread common understanding of global society", he said.

Tim Cook helped kick off China's World Internet Conference today, giving a keynote address centered around privacy, security, and humanity, according to Bloomberg.

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