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China's 'Sovereign Internet'

•, By Shannon Tiezzi
 new report in People's Daily interviewed five Chinese experts on Internet security and political thought, including Fang Binxing (credited with creating China's "Great Firewall"). The report focuses on the idea of "Internet sovereignty" — the idea that each country has the right to control its domestic internet space. Yet by moving from a discussion of China's rights to talk of international law, the report moves beyond a defense of China's internet censorship to outlining China's vision for global internet governance.

The idea of China's "Internet sovereignty" is a high-profile resurrection of a concept first rolled out in a 2010 white paper called "The Internet in China." The white paper explained the "Internet sovereignty of China" as meaning that "within Chinese territory the Internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty." All persons and organizations operating within Chinese territory are expected to follow China's Internet laws and regulations, the white paper said.

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