Chinese Leader Calls for Global Governance of Cyberspace
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for global cooperation regulating the Internet.
Speaking Wednesday at the World Internet Conference in the eastern city of Wuzhen, Xi said every nation should work together to create an Internet governance system that would, among other things he said, end the abuse of information technology, oppose cyber surveillance and hacking, and fight against what he called an "arms race in cyberspace."
Dozens of representatives from the world's biggest technology companies attended the conference, including U.S.-based Microsoft and Chinese tech giants Baidu and Alibaba.
China's ruling Communist Party retains tight control over Internet use in the country, blocking material it deems obscene or subversive. Human rights group Amnesty International issued a statement calling on technology companies to reject what it calls Beijing's efforts "to influence global Internet governance in ways that would curb freedom of expression and exacerbate human rights abuses."
“Under the guise of sovereignty and security," said Roseann Rife, Amnesty's East Asia research director, "the Chinese authorities are trying to rewrite the rules of the Internet so censorship and surveillance become the norm everywhere. This is an all-out assault on Internet freedoms."
US Defense Chief Visits Iraq to Assess IS Fight
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit Wednesday to Iraq as part of a trip to seek more help in the battle against Islamic State militants.
Carter was expected to meet with Iraq leaders as well as his commanders to get their assessment of the campaign and what else could be done.
The U.S. has been supporting Iraqi forces with airstrikes since August of last year, but has so far ruled out sending ground troops. Islamic State fighters still control large areas in northern and western Iraq, including several major cities.
Carter's stop in Iraq follows his visit to Turkey, where he urged more Turkish air and ground support for the U.S.-led coalition and pressed Turkey to better secure its border to help prevent fighters from going into Syria.
He also welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement of a new 34-nation Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism.