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China Holds ‘World Internet Conference’ As Censorship Intensifies


cnn-articleThe following is an excerpt from James Griffiths | November 15 , 2016 | CNN.com |
As China hosts execs from global tech companies at its World Internet Conference, human rights advocates are warning that online censorship in the country is only getting worse.

Representatives of U.S. firms like Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) and IBM (IBM, Tech30) will rub shoulders with their counterparts from Chinese tech giants like Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) and Tencent (TCEHY) at the event, which begins Wednesday in the sleepy river town of Wuzhen in eastern China.

Chinese leaders have typically used the conference to push their doctrine of "internet sovereignty," under which countries would impose their own online borders and regulations.

China's goal "poses a real threat to the global and open nature of the internet," said Patrick Poon, a researcher at Amnesty International.

Amnesty has documented a marked uptick in censorship and restriction of freedom of expression in China over the past year, Poon told CNNMoney, including the detention of at least 20 people in connection with a letter posted online criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Livestreaming, online TV shows and state media have all come under pressure, and there has been an increase in censorship of social media, Poon said.

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