On the morning of September 27, a sub-forum of the 2021 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit, “International Norms in Cyberspace: Practice and Exploration”, hosted by Beihang University and co-organized by Fudan University and Wuhan University, was held in Wuzhen Internet International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Among the attendees were Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, an internationally renowned scholar in big data, Fred H. Cate, Vice President of Indiana University and a renowned scholar in the field of information privacy and cyber law, Andrea Heyn, Science and Technology Counsellor of the German Embassy in China, Magnus Jorem, Science and Technology Counsellor of the Norwegian Embassy in China, and other officials and scholars from various countries and regions and international organizations, including the UK, the US, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Peru, Netherlands, Belgium, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Telecommunication Union, etc.
Zhao Gang, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Beihang University, attended the forum and delivered opening remarks. He pointed out that in recent years, Beihang University has attached great importance to the construction of disciplines and the cultivation of talents related to international governance of cyberspace, as the research team, headed by Prof. Long Weiqiu, Dean of the Law School of Beihang university, actively participating in international cyberspace governance and providing suggestions to concerning departments, for the purpose of implementing President Xi’s instructions on building network powerhouse. He called upon participating experts from home and abroad to carry on in-depth discussions and build consensus while upholding the concept of building a community with a shared future in cyberspace, and contribute their wisdom for promoting the international governance order of cyberspace to become more just and reasonable and advancing the peace, security, openness, cooperation, and order in cyberspace.
Divided into three sessions including “Sovereignty and the Application of International Law in Cyberspace”, “Security and Development in Global Digitization” and “New Issues and Challenges of International Governance of Cyberspace in the Post-epidemic Era” moderated by Prof. Long Weiqiu from Beihang University, Executive Director Li Yan from Institute of Technology and Cyber Security, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relation, and Prof. Shen Yi from Research Institute for Cyberspace Governance of Fudan University, respectively, the sub-forum provided a platform for experts in attendance to discuss various topics related to cyberspace in the new era, such as sovereignty, international norms, governance, future development, etc.
Zhou Xuefeng, Executive Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Cyberspace Governance and Professor of the Law School of Beihang University, summarized the conference highlights, pointing out the specialness of cyberspace governance, the complexity of international rulemaking, and the significance of international communication.
During the conference, the concept paper, titled "Sovereignty in Cyberspace: Theory and Practice (Version 3.0)", was also released to the public. Prof. Zhou Xuefeng participated in the drafting of the paper.
Reported by Xu Shi
Reviewed by Long Weiqiu
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Li Yifan