‘Double 7’ strategy may give China more control over internet: Duowei

China is deploying what is referred to as its “double seven” strategy in an attempt to take more control in the global governance of the internet, reports Duowei News, an outlet run by overseas Chinese.

Representatives of China are currently among the 3,300 people from 130 countries in London to attend the 50th global conference of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit organization that coordinates the internet’s global domain name system.

The corporation established in California in 1998, helps keep internet protocols in order by ensuring that each web address is not assigned more than once. The organization also facilitates the addition of top-level domains, which are suffixes to web addresses like “.com”, “.org”, and “.gov”.

Lu Wei, chairperson of China’s State Internet Information Office, said at the opening ceremony that global participants have now reached a general consensus over seven key issues of internet governance raised by China.

“We all hold one single aspiration, that is, to improve the governance of the internet. This is in line with ICANN’s vision of ‘One World, One Internet’,” he said, adding that it is natural for countries to have different views due to different national situations, historical backgrounds, and internet governance systems. During his speech, Lu also expressed appreciation and support for the advancements of the multistakeholder model that framed April’s NETmundial meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Beijing observers say Chinese president Xi Jinping’s decision to establish the central internet security and informatization leading group early this year signals a major effort by China to become more involved in a new world order of internet governance based on international cooperation and away from US control.

According to Duowei, China has shown two notable characteristics in its efforts to increase its influence in global internet governance.

The first is deploying a two-pronged strategy known as the “double seven,” in reference to China’s so-called “seven baselines” and the aforementioned “seven consensuses.”

The second prong of China’s strategy is to continue pushing for the US to relinquish the final vestiges of its authority over ICANN’s functions, which it has maintained since the organization was formed nearly 16 years ago. A reduced role for the US, which has been welcomed by international critics and anticipated for more than a decade, would put an end to the long-running contract between the US commerce department and ICANN. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.

Full article: ‘Double 7’ strategy may give China more control over internet: Duowei (Want China Times)

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