The 6th annual China-UK Internet Forum took place in London on 19 October in advance of Chinese President Xi Jinping's State Visit to the United Kingdom. techUK's CEO Julian David presented on the online protection of children in a session hosted by Baroness Shields, UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security.
The China-UK Internet Forum focuses upon building communication, co-operation and trust between and since 2008 has taken place on a yearly basis between UK Government, Chinese and UK technology companies, and the Cyberspace Administration of China. Previous Forums have covered internet issues of mutual interest for both countries including new technology, cloud computing, digital IP, mobile internet content on 3G/4G platforms, business opportunities, governance, growth and accessibility. This year's 6th annual China-UK Internet Forum had over 200 participants in attendance and focused on Smart Cities, the Future Communications Environment, and the Online Protection of Children.
Opened by Baroness Shields and with the attendance of senior Chinese Government representatives such as Hua Qing, Director General of the Cyberspace Administration Centre, the Online Protection of Children session was an opportunity to share best practice and learning from law enforcement, hotlines and industry in both countries. An overview of the global threat from online child sexual exploitation was provided by the UK's NCA-CEOP as well as the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, and the UK's Internet Watch Foundation and China's Internet Illegal Information Reporting Centre presented on the impactful work of hotlines.
Representatives of key internet technology companies in the UK – signatories of the WePROTECT Industry Statement of Action including companies such as Google, Microsoft, BT, Facebook and EY – well as China's Alibaba, Sina, and Qihoo 360, presented on their activities tackling this issue and where they see future opportunities and challenges for their platforms in this area. Julian David, techUK's CEO provided the final remarks from UK Industry, giving an overview of the value the UK WePROTECT Initiative provides to the UK technology sector, and the opportunities and challenges which are faced by the UK technology sector in this space.
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