The World Internet Conference is a worldwide Internet-focused event hosted annually by the Cyberspace Administration of China and Zhejiang Provincial People's Government. It is the conference of highest level that has the most participants in China, and also the top-level summit around the world. The conference is aimed to provide an international platform for China to connect itself with the world and a Chinese platform for the Internet governance based on international collaboration and common interests, so that all countries can have win-win cooperation by seeking consensus through communications.
Since 2014, the World Internet Conference (WIC) has been successfully held for nine consecutive years. Every year, it brings together high-level representatives of government departments, international organizations and industrial institutions, executives of leading Internet enterprises and top experts and scholars from all over the world to share ideas and experience on global Internet development and governance.
Over the past nine years, the World Internet Conference has continuously gathered wisdom, built consensus, and deepened digital cooperation, while calling on the international community to jointly build a community with a shared future in cyberspace. It has developed into a high-end platform promoting shared benefits, joint governance, and digital economy exchanges and cooperation, which has won great attention, strong support and wide recognition from the international community.
Against this background, multiple stakeholders propose to set up a membership system based on WIC with reference to international common practice. Hence, Global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA), National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT), China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Alibaba Group, Tencent, Zhijiang Lab and other members jointly initiated to register and establish the World Internet Conference in accordance with the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China. It is headquartered in Beijing, China.