China’s cyber chief defends censorship ahead of Internet conference – Yahoo News Canada

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China’s cyber chief rejected criticism on Wednesday that the country’s Internet was too censored, arguing ahead of a major state-sponsored Internet conference that order was a means to online freedom.

China has the world’s most sophisticated online censorship system, known elsewhere as the ‘Great Firewall’, and experts have said China’s inaugural World Internet Conference last year in Wuzhen, southwest of Shanghai, was part of Beijing’s effort to shape global Internet governance rules.

This year, the government is upping the scale of the event, to be held from Dec. 16-18, which will include a speech by President Xi Jinping and be attended by prime ministers from Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

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