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Lu Wei, director of the Cyberspace Administration of China, has presented the country's new Internet vision during the opening of an exhibition ahead of the World Internet Conference. According to Lu, China will manage cyberspace 'according to the rule of law, while providing more room for development based on the market'. Furthermore, the accelerating Internet-related legislation will continue in the area of cybersecurity and anti-terrorism laws, as well as related to the protection of privacy.

The 6th Ministerial Conference on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, which discussed the development of relations between China and African countries, agreed on several Internet-related matters, As can be read in the outcome document, 'the two sides will cooperate with international organisations such as International Telecommunication Union, narrow the digital divide in Africa, and promote the building of an information society in Africa.' Other agreements were made related to enhanced cooperation in cybersecurity and e-commerce.

 

In an EU co-funded project, African research and education network associations have partnered with the European GÉANT network to develop high-speed Internet networks across the African continent. The project serves as a follow-up to the succesful AfricaConnect project between 2011 and 2015 and stimulates the collaboration between students, researchers and academics in Africa and beyond.

The ITU has released its annual Measuring the Information Society Report. Apart from an assessment of ITU's goals in the Connect 2020 agenda, the report furthermore includes the Global ICT Development Index, which captures 'the level of ICT developments in 167 economies worldwide and compares progress made since the year 2010'. Additionally, the report presents the outcomes of the ICT Price Basket, as well as recent developments related to the Internet of Things.

As part of the GSMA 360 series, GSMA has published The Mobile Economy: Europe 2015. Apart from addressing regional mobile penetration and innovation, the report focuses extensively on the potential of realising a Digital Single Market, which would require an 'overhaul of rules, policies and initiatives across the board' and 'a complete rethink of telecoms regulation in Europe'.

The article Highlights from the 11th Language and Development Conference points out the value of multilingualism for development, education, and cultural diversity, including online implications, using India as an example.

 

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