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Introduction
Under the theme of "Towards a Shared Digital Future in a Connected World - Building a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace," the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit will be held from Nov 9 to 11 in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province.
Nearly 2,000 representatives from the governments, international organizations, industry associations, global internet enterprises from over 120 countries and regions will attend the summit online or offline.
The 2022 World Internet Conference, at a glance
A visitor has her physical data collected to create a digital clone on Nov 10 during the 2022 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
A man wears an exoskeleton which is able to sense his body's movements at the microsecond level on Nov 10 during the WIC Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
An L-4 autopilot car is seen on Nov 10 during the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
Visitors look at a distributed database supporting the Singles Day shopping spree on Nov 10 during the Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
A girl dances with digital humans in the metaverse on Nov 10 during the Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
A woman tries a bionic hand for the disabled on Nov 8 during the Light of Internet Expo, part of the WIC Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
A smart helmet is seen on Nov 8 during the Light of Internet Expo, part of the WIC Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. [Photo/IC]
Quotable quotes from tech moguls at 2022 WIC
The 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit kicks off in the river town of Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/chinadaily.com.cn]

The three-day 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit concluded Friday. This year's event is the first annual meeting of the World Internet Conference following the WIC's inauguration as an international organization earlier this year, attracting many officials, researchers and corporate managers in relevant fields from around the world to share their ideas on what the world will look like in a digital era. Let's take a look at what they said during the summit.

Zhao Houlin, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union. [Photo/IC]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the information communication service system has played an extraordinary role, helping human society overcome numerous difficulties and speeding up the construction and connectivity of the global Internet. Within two years, the number of Internet users around the world has increased by almost 1 billion.

The pandemic has further deepened the digital divide between urban and rural areas, and between developing and developed countries. According to the latest statistics from the International Telecommunication Union, nearly a third of the world's population is still not connected. In the post-COVID-19 era, the international community still needs to make great efforts to use digital technologies to promote social and economic construction, bridge the development gap and achieve sustainable economic and social development.

Xu Zhijun, the rotating chairman for Huawei Technologies. [Photo/Huawei website]

The deep integration of the digital economy and the real economy has become an important factor in promoting the stability and sustainable development of the global economy. There is a natural technology gap between the digital economy and the real economy, and how to integrate them more efficiently and quickly is a huge challenge for thousands of industries and digital technology providers.

Wu Yunkun, president of Qi-Anxin Technology Group. [Photo/CNR]

Economic and social development cannot be achieved without the core drive of digital technology. Digital technology has greatly improved the efficiency of production and living. It has also led to frequent security incidents such as extortion attacks, supply chain attacks and data theft, which have amplified cybersecurity risks. Under the wave of a new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial change, network security has become a base project. Where there is digitalization and informatization, network security is needed. To build a network security base in the digital age, it is urgent to use more professional forces to jointly build a network security ecosystem and build a network security capability system.

Duan Weiwen, director of the Research Center for Science, Technology & Society, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. [Photo/CGTN]

In the era of intelligence, data and algorithms, while comprehensively enabling technological innovation, endless subversive changes have been brought to economic and social life, causing many unprecedented value conflicts and ethical choices. In order for science and technology to become a responsible, trustworthy and passionate force for good, it is imperative that we integrate the future vision of science and technology and humanity, and carry out interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue, so as to inspire everyone to think and explore the value basis and ethical basis for the future development of digital technology and artificial intelligence.

Shen Yi, professor and director of Fudan University's Center for Cyberspace Governance Studies. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

At a time when the world is undergoing profound changes and peaceful development faces severe challenges, sovereign states, intergovernmental international organizations, enterprises, major members of the internet community and individual transnational non-government organizations still need to think deeply about global cyberspace governance. In many areas, such as rule-making in cyberspace, the development of a digital economy and the protection of critical infrastructure, we still need to engage in brainstorming and refining solutions to make lasting contributions to the building of a global community with a shared future in cyberspace.

Zhang Yong, chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group. [Photo provided to China Daily]

At present, China has become the world's recognized digital power and the largest manufacturing power. The competition in the digital age is no longer the competition between individual enterprises, but the competition between ecology and ecology.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel [Photo provided to China Daily]

As technology becomes increasingly central to every aspect of human existence, the next decade will see a continued move to digital for everything, the way people work, learn, connect, develop and operate. In this digital era, we will witness the true magic of technology.

Du Lan, senior vice-president of iFlytek. [Photo/people.cn]

The industrialization of artificial intelligence should first focus on major social issues related to the national economy and people's livelihood, such as education, medical care, elderly care and smart cities. To solve these major social issues, we must rely on systematic innovation rather than a single breakthrough of a certain technology. At the same time, society needs to create an environment that encourages innovation and tolerates failure, so that every seed of innovation and entrepreneurship can flourish and form a vibrant innovation ecology, so that technology can better promote digital transformation.

Internet breaking boundaries in China
2022 WIC Wuzhen Summit sees record participants
This photo taken on Nov 9, 2022 shows the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/Xinhua]

HANGZHOU -- The three-day 2022 World Internet Conference (WIC) Wuzhen Summit that concluded Friday saw the participation, online and offline, of record 2,100 guests from over 120 countries and regions.

The summit has been held for nine consecutive years and this year's event is the first annual meeting of the World Internet Conference following the WIC's inauguration as an international organization earlier this year.

Apart from various sub-forums, this year's Wuzhen Summit featured the WIC Member Representative Symposium for the first time.

The symposium attracted more than 30 WIC member representatives from international organizations, leading global internet firms, industrial bodies and organizations.

A total of 12 Outstanding Cases of Jointly Building a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace and 15 World Leading Internet Scientific and Technological Achievements were commended at the summit.

The event also saw the release of the World Internet Development Report 2022 and the China Internet Development Report 2022. 

Smart technology takes center stage at WIC Wuzhen Summit
By Zhao Shiyue

The 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit kicked off Wednesday in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province.

Themed "Towards a Shared Digital Future in a Connected World -- Building a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace," the three-day event has brought together more than 2,000 representatives, including government officials, business leaders and think tank professionals, from over 120 countries and regions.

The Light of Internet Expo, part of the WIC, has attracted over 400 domestic and foreign companies both online and offline, with their latest innovations and cutting-edge technological applications on display.

The concept of metaverse, 6G, human-computer interaction, internet security, and industrial robot is in the spotlight.

Ele.me, one of China's food delivery platforms, is showcasing its new smart helmet for delivery workers to better protect their safety.

With Bluetooth headphones embedded in the helmet, the workers are able to receive orders, reply to messages and navigate on the road by voice command.

Japanese electronics brand Seiko Epson is demonstrating its new-generation augmented reality glasses, which can be applied in various scenarios, such as online education, tour guidance and remote assistance in the manufacturing sector.

Chinese telecom giant China Mobile has released the metaverse digital human powered by optical motion capture technology. When a person is exercising or dancing, the digital figure can imitate the gesture and facial expression simultaneously.

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Conference empowers digital transformation
A total of 15 world-leading internet technological achievements are released at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit held from Nov 9 to 11 in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
Two visitors take a photo at a subforum during the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
A professional gives a speech on an internet technological achievement during the conference. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY
A participant records a speech at the Global Development Initiative Digital Cooperation Forum, a subforum of the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY
The picturesque view of the Xizha scenic spot in Wuzhen. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
Volunteers provide services such as registration, venue guidance and medical emergency treatment for the participants during the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY
A staff member uses the terminal equipment to scan the smart ear tag that records the growth process of each sheep at the Digital Empowerment and Common Prosperity Demonstration Zone Exhibition during the conference. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
Country steps up internet applications
By ZHU WENQIAN in Wuzhen, Zhejiang
A visitor attends metaverse meetings at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 10, 2022. [Photo/IC]

Buoyed by an uptrend in digitalization in China in recent years, and applications in various fields of digital solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is stepping up its building of a more digitalized society, with opportunities surging in the domestic market, said government officials and business leaders during the World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Zhejiang province on Thursday.

The East China province has widely utilized digital technologies to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past three years, more than 600 new public healthcare projects supported by digital solutions have been launched.

"Applying digital technologies in the control of the pandemic has gained solid ground in Zhejiang. Digital technologies are not only technical means, but more of a working method and a lifestyle," Cheng Yuechong, vice-governor of Zhejiang, said at a forum during the Wuzhen Summit.

"Digital technologies have provided strong support for accurate, efficient and effective COVID-19 prevention and control. Zhejiang will further push forward digital development of the healthcare sector comprehensively," Cheng said.

As of June, China had 1.05 billion internet users, and the nation's internet penetration rate stood at 74.4 percent. The digital economy has become an important cornerstone to help stabilize economic growth, said a report released by the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies on Wednesday in Wuzhen.

In 2021, the value of China's digital economy reached 45.5 trillion yuan ($6.3 trillion), accounting for nearly 40 percent of the country's GDP, the report said.

Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of Global Times, said the development of a digital society has changed the way information is disseminated, and the internet has provided strong support to help raise work efficiency since the pandemic. For instance, the internet enables people to work from home and use mobile-based health codes, Hu said.

"The pandemic has urged more offline activities to turn online, and online shopping and online meetings have become more common. Such a trend will certainly help promote the building of better internet infrastructure and further strengthen people's awareness of how to use the internet," he added.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's ambassador to China, Antonia Hugh, said in Wuzhen that COVID-19 encouraged more enterprises in the Caribbean country to make digital transitions and use more technologies in public and private sectors.

He said the crisis also created opportunities for Jamaica to reposition itself and build new digital infrastructure. The island nation is seeking strategic partners in China to help advance its efforts to further spur digitalization across the country.

Tesla eyes bigger role for its solutions, EVs in China's green transformation
By LIU YUKUN
A Tesla car is on display at the ongoing fifth China International Import Expo in Shanghai. [ZHANG WEI/CHINA DAILY]

US electric vehicle maker Tesla said on Thursday it will double down on its investment in, and future plans for, the China market, the world's biggest for EVs.

In remarks made at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit, Tesla said it will further tap into the burgeoning EV business and strengthen efforts to promote the transition to clean energy globally.

The carmaker also said it hopes to contribute, through its solutions and products, to China's goals to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

China's EV market has been booming and is becoming more attractive for EV manufacturers, said Tao Lin, Tesla's vice-president.

With the improvement of EV infrastructures such as charging piles and relevant services, travel by EVs has become popular. EV sales continue to surpass sales of fuel vehicles in what has become an irresistible trend, Tao said.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said that from January to October, the production and sales of new energy vehicles, or NEVs, reached 5.485 million units and 5.28 million units, respectively, both up 110 percent year-on-year.

"We hope to play a bigger role in China's achieving carbon goals with our sustainable concept and products. Meanwhile, Tesla also hopes to tap the growing EV market of China, the world's most populous country, to further our mission of 'accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy'," Tao said.

Tesla's plant in Shanghai remains the carmaker's major export hub, helping the company drive up its fast-growing global sales, she said.

In the first 10 months of this year, accumulative exports of Tesla's Shanghai plant reached 219,427 units.

Tesla said it will ramp up contributions toward China's EV development. Tao said over 95 percent of Tesla vehicle parts are made in China, which contributed to the growth of the country's manufacturing industry and the development of industrial chains.

"Tesla attaches great importance to the Chinese market and consumer demand. The company has been stepping up efforts to offer improved charging solutions for Chinese consumers. It also strives to improve services, from consulting and purchasing to after-sales service, with the support of science and technology," Tao said.

Govt to enhance tech infrastructure
By MA SI
An expert speaks on digital infrastructure at a forum of the WIC Wuzhen Summit on Thursday. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY

China will accelerate the construction of digital infrastructure as part of its overall efforts to build itself into a manufacturing powerhouse, a digital China with a smart society, a senior official said on Thursday.

Zhang Yunming, vice-minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the nation's top industry regulator, said China has made remarkable progress in the construction of digital infrastructure in recent years.

"More efforts will be made to promote the evolution and upgrade of digital infrastructure, advance the deep integration of digital infrastructure and the real economy, and build a solid foundation for high-quality economic and social development," Zhang said.

He made the remarks at a forum of the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit on Thursday.

China had more than 2.2 million 5G base stations nationwide by the end of September, accounting for more than 60 percent of 5G base stations worldwide, MIIT data showed.

Wu Hequan, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said given the rapid increase in social demand for computing power, more efforts are needed to build computational networks.

A computational network is a new information infrastructure that allocates and flexibly schedules computing, storage and network resources in accordance with business requirements.

Yu Wen, product director of the internet of things, or IoT, at Vivo — a Chinese smartphone maker — said that as digital technologies become more central to people's lives, there is also growing demand for easier interaction among different devices like smartphones and automobiles.

Yu also said most car-smartphone connection solutions in the market are far removed from the actual needs of users, which lead to poor user experience ultimately.

Vivo shall endeavor to offer solutions to users in the internet of vehicles industry, and hopes that users will not be restricted to just one company's product portfolio, Yu said.

Vivo showcased its internet of vehicles solutions at the Light of Internet Expo, part of the 2022 WIC.

Era of creativity points to new frontier in science and technology
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Monitoring real-time status of network to aid users

Ericsson (China) Communications Co Ltd

The time-critical communication toolbox combines the ultrareliable low latency communications (URLLC) standard in third generation partnership projects (3GPP) with Ericsson's innovations. These can be found in architecture, scheduling algorithms and AI, etc., to realize the collaboration between networks and services, and provide bounded latency for delay-sensitive services.

Technology in the toolbox can identify potential freezes of applications by monitoring the real-time status of the network and terminals, and eliminate them to provide a smooth user experience through cross-layer optimization.

It's the world's first 5G, time-critical, communication enabled remote control system, together with Tencent Cloud, which will address the problem of sudden freezes in real 5G radio conditions, improving the fluidity of remote control.

Reliability and security assists in scientific research

Alibaba Cloud Computing Co Ltd

In terms of the reliability of the database, open data platform and service (ODPS) supports exabyte-level data processing, as well as global deployment and scalability, providing users with financial-grade data reliability and security.

In terms of scale and utilization rate, ODPS has more than 100,000 servers and 10 data centers equipped with deeply optimized storage and computing engines. With multiple baselines and automated operations and maintenance, ODPS can schedule and process tens of millions of tasks per day to ensure efficient utilization of resources.

The unified framework and diverse computing engines apply to a wide range of scenarios, such as relational data, unstructured data, and machine learning. Its innovative lakehouse solution provides strong computing power for scientific research and innovation.

Internet of Data helps boost more sharing in key areas

Peking University

The project uses original data pragmatic technology. This is used to break through the performance bottleneck of cross-domain use and trusted management of thousands of nodes and billions of digital objects in the internet environment. It can also fully realize the basic functions of Internet of Data (IoD), with data access, identification, discovery, exchange, use and control among multiple systems or components.

In cooperation with hundreds of universities, scientific research institutions and enterprises, the team created a Chinese IoD scheme, having supported and promoted the Shanxi Province Wide Area IoD, SGCC Energy IoD, National Industrial Internet Data Registration Platform, modern drug supervision, national science data discovery and sharing, and other demonstration applications of key areas.

Forgery detection will allow for greater confidence

Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences &Beijing Zhongke Ruijian Technology Co Ltd

Ruijian digital content forgery detection techniques are developed to protect people from fraud. It integrates big database, hardware, AI platforms and applications. There is an automatic information credibility evaluation system — Ruijian Shiyao. This enables people to be certain of the credibility of events at all times and places, and reduces the risk of false information being relayed.

To meet the requirement of high performance and security in online detection, the team developed the first specific-purpose equipment for digital forgery detection — Rui'an. Based on software and hardware cross-layer optimization technology, the team obtained an acceleration ratio of 10 times, making it possible for a single machine to process data of GBs per second and to reduce the average detection time to milliseconds.

New age dawns for 5G connectivity with pioneer development

Qualcomm

Snapdragon X70 is expected to fuel a new era of intelligent 5G connectivity. It has three major advantages — pioneering technologies, rich features and optimization for diverse use. It introduces the world's first 5G AI processor in a 5G modem-RF system. By fully harnessing the power of AI, Snapdragon X70 enables complex resource distribution and real-time computing and feedback on dynamic condition changes.

It supports AI-based channel-state feedback and dynamic optimization.

It also backs AI-based adaptive antenna tuning, the world's first AI-based mmWave beam management and AI-based network selection. This enables breakthrough 5G speeds, incredible coverage, superior mobility and coverage robustness, low latency and high power efficiency.

Transactions done online enhanced with faster processing

Ant Group

OceanBase, a native distributed relational database, was developed in 2010. In August, its version 4.0 with stand-alone and distributed integrated architecture was officially released. It has several advantages.

OceanBase solves the problem of horizontal expansion of online transaction processing of relational databases. Last year, OceanBase ranked No 2 in the international online analytical processing benchmark TPC-H with a 15.26 million Query-per-hour-Performance rate at 30,000GB(QphH@30,000GB).

It implements high ratio data compression in online transaction processing, and cuts the data storage space by more than two thirds, which significantly lowers the cost of business.

As a general-purpose relational database, OceanBase has moved from serving Ant Group to helping more industries. Currently, OceanBase aids hundreds of domestic and foreign institutions in their business systems, including Alipay, Bank of Communications, China Life, Sinopec, and Ctrip, among others.

Remote workspace given added impetus with hardware

Kaspersky

Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace is a combination of three parts. The first one is Kaspersky Thin Client Software (KTC), which is installed on the hardware platform of Centerm Co in China. This significantly improves the security of endpoints. The second one is Kaspersky Security Center (KSC), an enterprise grade management console for Kaspersky products. The third is Kaspersky Security Management Suite (KSMS), a special add-on module for KSC to enable centralized management of thin-client infrastructure.

The most innovative achievement of Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace is that the team not only managed to raise the security of endpoints to previously unreachable levels, but also improved the life cycle of IT endpoints, including deployment, configuration, inventory management and patch/update management.

Unicom focuses on security and quicker integration

China United Network Communications Group

China Unicom has overcome technical problems such as cross-cloud-network collaborative scheduling and business intelligence protection. It has also formed a cloud-network-security integration solution.

At the same time, China Unicom completed the upgrading of management and control capabilities of its entire network. On top of this it created the world's largest open scheduling system for cloud-network-edge integration capabilities, and built a global software defined networking (SDN) system with advanced architecture and computing integration.

Based on the "IPv6+"technology, China Unicom built a smart data private network for the Winter Olympics. They based this on a service-driven low-latency routing, delay degradation awareness. This also involved a delay tuning and network slicing ability. This ensured the shortest latency, the highest performance, reliable high-quality service, and strongly supported the 2022 Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics. China Unicom refers to it as "Olympic Black Technology".

Cloud-device research shows horizons of ingenuity

Zhejiang University

The team has established a new paradigm of device-cloud collaborative computing and realized the open source of the computing framework and algorithm code. It led the application and deployment of device-cloud collaboration technologies, achieved systematized, chained and platformized innovations and application breakthroughs.

By breaking through the challenges of subgraph partition, separate storage, and node sampling for supermassive graphs, the team has developed an end-to-end supermassive graph neural network learning system.

It has also designed supermassive graph neural network learning algorithms and reasoning acceleration algorithms with software and hardware joint optimization.

It developed an end-to-end distributed optimization system that endows the platform with basic abilities to monitor supermassive dynamic graph neural network models on billions of nodes and edges.

Desktop applications boosted by multitask functions

Loongson Technology Co Ltd

Based on LoongArch, the team designed a 4-core 64-bit CPU for desktop applications — LS3A5000 — last year and a 16-core 64-bit CPU for server applications — LS3C5000 — this year. With performance rivaling mainstream products in the market, these products meet the computing needs of IT and cloud computing centers. At present, LS3A5000/3C5000 has been widely applied in the fields of e-government, energy, transportation, finance, communications, education, among others.

LoongArch has been widely accepted by developers and enterprises both in China and abroad, and is becoming a top-tier open-source ecosystem like X86 and ARM. Abroad, LoongArch has been supported by multiple open source software communities, including Firmware, Linux Kernel, compilers, virtual machines, browsers, media players, and graphics systems. In China, operating systems such as Kylin, openEuler, openAnolis, and openHarmony, and basic apps such as WPS, WeChat, QQ, DingTalk, and Tencent Meeting, have launched new versions for LoongArch.

Tsinghua formulates algorithms to tackle key problems

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University has established systemized fundamental algorithms based on the deep learning paradigm to tackle three key technological problems. These are, knowledge graph representation learning, including the complexity of internal relation types, the complicacy of internal reasoning paths, and the insufficient use of external rich information. This will significantly improve the effectiveness of large-scale knowledge graph representation.

Based on the systemized algorithms, they released three open-source tool kits on GitHub, a major international open-source platform, forming a large-scale knowledge graph representation learning system. The system has obtained more than 10,000 stars and 3,000 branch creations, becoming one of the mainstream systematized tools for knowledge graph representation learning.

World's first open source operating system fuels diversity

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

OpenEuler is the world's first open source operating system (OS) for digital infrastructure of versatile scenarios. With a unified OS architecture, openEuler supports diversified devices and is compatible with mainstream computing architectures. It is the most preferred open source OS that supports diversified computing power.

OpenEuler innovatively proposes full-stack atomic decoupling, providing a variety of distributions and services for greater flexibility. It now fits into any server, cloud, edge and embedded scenarios with the support of the unified OS architecture.

The OpenEuler community has fully utilized the power of open source collaboration. A total of 339 open source repositories for innovation projects have been developed in 34 months, with an average of 10 new projects every month, and a number of heavyweight innovation projects have been released.

Microsoft twin platform gives graphs a route to popularity

Microsoft China Co Ltd

Azure Digital Twins is a platform service that enables the creation of twin graphs based on digital models of entire environments. These could be buildings, factories, farms, energy networks, railways, stadiums, and more — even entire cities. It is not only single digital twin technology service capability, but also a technology that can integrate with various digital platforms, build cross-industry, and end-to-end open platform services. Developers can use Microsoft-defined Digital Twin Definition Language to customize the model of the physical world. It can track the historical information and implementation of the interconnected environment, support multisystem data input, and rely on Azure's other powerful advanced data services for analysis and management.

Last year, a digital twin full chain intelligent solution was officially announced. It is based on Microsoft Azure product offerings, including Azure IoT Hub, Azure Digital Twins and this solution is empowering every organization worldwide to accelerate digital transformation.

Breakthrough grants more access to valuable online links

Peng Cheng Laboratory

Several breakthroughs have been made within the framework of EAGLE 6G.On one hand, an elastic architecture with heterogeneous multi-link aggregation has been proposed. Moreover, an evaluation environment has been developed, supporting up to 400 Gbps dynamic aggregation of heterogeneous links. This includes high-data-rate spots and various links. These are visible light links, terahertz links, and even optical fiber calibration links. Currently, EAGLE 6G has tested and evaluated the potential key technologies of 6G, such as visible light and terahertz communications.

Additionally, the capability of testing 100 Gbps data rate for a single service flow and 400 Gbps data rate for multiple flows with real services has also been integrated for EAGLE 6G. Based on the laboratory's evaluations, the data rate requirements for holographic communication (transmitting a digital human in 4K resolution) and high-quality immersive XR services are about 200 Gbps and 100 Gbps, respectively.

All-optical network sees Telecom set world standard

China Telecom Co

Through strategic partnerships, China Telecom has built an all-optical backbone network that has the largest scale and widest coverage in the world. So far, all-optical switching networks have covered 460 ROADM nodes, with a total network bandwidth of 801 terabits per second. And optoelectric hybrid scheduling-based OTN networks have made connections among 345 major Chinese cities.

China Telecom's all-optical backbone network first implements the flat architecture of integrating interprovincial and intra-provincial backbone networks. Routing resources are fully integrated, which makes the transmission latency across the four clusters reduced to less than 15 milliseconds. This gives customers an ultimate user experience.

With the all-optical network as the base, China Telecom has provided various customized 5G private network solutions for customers from multiple industries after conducting deep convergence of cloud computing, AI, 5G and other new technologies.

The shining stars of cyberspace forging a digital future

From next-generation internet protocols and smart logistics to clean energy and cultural relics, WIC highlights exemplary cases of innovation in the building of a shared online community

BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

China Satellite Navigation Office

The China-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System is one of the world's four major suppliers of global satellite navigation data. It has been open to global users since 2020, providing them with round-the-clock, all-weather high-accuracy positioning, navigation and timing services.

Currently, more than half of the countries and regions in the world are using the BDS and more people are enjoying a convenient, efficient, precise and safe life as a result.

Over 30 African countries are using the BDS. In Mozambique, the use of drones deploying the BDS has greatly improved the efficiency of plant protection. In Burkina Faso, the BDS helped reduce by half the time required to survey and map for a new hospital, which later played an important role in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

In Asia, the BDS is being utilized in projects such as the Usoi Dam in Sarez Lake in Tajikistan, the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan highway, the China-Kazakhstan crude oil pipeline and aboard China-Europe freight trains.

In addition, the BDS is widely used in Arab and ASEAN countries for agricultural production, urban governance, as well as wildlife protection.

Global 5G Event

China Academy of Information and Communications Technology

The Global 5G Event is based on a multilateral memorandum of understanding by 5G promotion organizations from seven countries and regions, inviting global participants to collaborate on consensus building for 5G networks and promoting the smooth development and deployment of 5G technology.

The event has been held for nine years, the first and eighth of which saw the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, led by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, act as host.

The event helps strengthen joint research on 5G technology among organizations, share progress in 5G promotion strategies and network construction, and accelerate the global commercial deployment of 5G. At the same time, it helps promote research on typical scenarios for 5G application and technical solutions, as well as deepen 5G application in areas such as heavy industry, smart vehicles and medical care.

The Global 5G Event has actively conducted research on key technologies for 5G enhancement, invited multiple participants to jointly discuss new application scenarios and new technological trends, and promoted the evolution and innovation of mobile communication technologies.

Asia Digital Art Exhibition

Beijing Tangying Culture Communication

The Asia Digital Art Exhibition, one of the cultural activities of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, made its debut on May 16, 2019.

In June 2019, more than 100 diplomatic envoys and industry representatives visited the Asia Digital Art Exhibition, immersing themselves in a digital show.

In October 2021, the exhibition's innovative digital achievements wowed an international audience at Expo 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The exhibition has set up a platform for international cultural exchanges. German and Australian artists visualized the cultural symbol of Chinese kung fu at the exhibition in 2019. At the 2021 event, Chinese artists recounted a famous Middle Eastern folk tale, A Thousand and One Nights, in the form of digital art, bringing people from various countries closer together.

Gathering artworks made by young artists from all over the world, the exhibition is a bridge between young people across the globe.

Practice of cross-border data flow of the European Union's scientific research data

Macao Digitalization Development Association

Massive cross-border data flow backs up scientific research, trade and economic activities all over the world. However, different requirements of countries and regions for security purposes and a lack of consensus on technology slow down data sharing.

Considering this, the Macao Digitalization Development Association has teamed up with the European Union International Data Spaces Association and built a cross-border data flow channel between Macao and the EU. Data was transmitted safely between the International Institute of Next Generation Internet at Macao University of Science and Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering.

Moreover, the association has collaborated with China Telecom Macao, Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai MUST Science and Technology Research Institute and Privacy Pioneer to establish a governance mechanism with rules, technologies and management related to data flow. The Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), privacy protection and blockchain are used during the process in order to ensure that data flow is traceable and controllable.

Practice of the globalization of 5G infrastructure and endogenous safety and security of data

ZTE Corp

ZTE Corp has built a whole-life-cycle product safety management system. Product safety has been integrated into the whole process of procurement, research and development, production, delivery, operation and maintenance, leading the international standard.

In addition, ZTE has conducted systematic security design for core assets, including hardware, operating systems and data in scenarios such as intelligent manufacturing, smart healthcare, digital government, and collaborative offices, providing customers with integrated 5G security solutions, from trusted terminal access and private network data protection, to secure visual operation and maintenance.

At ZTE's Global 5G Intelligent Manufacturing Base in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, ZTE has carried out the application demonstration of 5G intelligent manufacturing security. Currently, ZTE's network covers more than 160 countries and regions, providing safe and reliable network communications for more than 2 billion users worldwide. It has also carried out 5G application practice with more than 500 industry partners to pave the way for the development of the digital economy.

Promotion of IPv6 Deployment

China Future Internet Engineering Center

The internet is one of the greatest inventions in human history, and the Internet Protocol version 6 is a major upgrade. IPv6 has truly realized the notion that "every grain of sand on the Earth can have an IP address", so that more users and devices can access the internet, making the interconnection between everything and the metaverse possible.

In recent years, traditional internet address resources have been exhausted, and the world is in a critical period of upgrade and evolution toward IPv6. In order to accelerate the global scale deployment of IPv6 and promote the process of global digitalization, four industry experts, including Liu Dong, director of the China Future Internet Engineering Center, jointly made a proposal to promote the deployment of IPv6.

The proposal points out that IPv6 offers better flexibility, security and efficiency, and will deliver faster internet speeds, more secure internet access and stronger privacy protection capabilities. It advocates the global community to increase the integration and innovation of IPv6 technology, accelerating the practical application of pure IPv6.

International Chinese Language Day

Chinese Plus, Continental Han Feng Network Technology (Beijing)

Chinese Plus is a major online Chinese learning platform for global language learners and institutions. According to the organization, since its launch in 2020, the platform has offered 16,000 online courses, set up 100 Chinese learning platforms for 47 countries, opened 18 online Chinese classrooms in 15 countries, and established cooperative relations with 1,400 schools, institutions and enterprises in 161 countries. On April 20, which marked the 13th international Chinese Language Day, Chinese Plus and the Center for Language Education and Cooperation jointly hosted the UN Chinese Language Day 2022 Event. More than 600 institutions in 105 countries held 1,160 activities to mark the event, including 69 embassies and consulates of China in various countries, as well as international organizations such as UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization. Nearly 200 domestic and foreign universities, more than 340 Confucius Institute facilities, over 30 international Chinese-learning organizations and Chinese and foreign enterprises also held relevant activities. The event in total attracted more than 150 million participants.

SAP sustainable digital innovation solutions lead global green development

SAP (German cloud services company)

Sustainable development is an important issue in building a global community of shared future in cyberspace. SAP helps many enterprises across the globe achieve sustainable development goals through innovative digital methods.

As a foreign company that has been in China for 30 years, SAP hopes to better empower Chinese companies and government departments to achieve the goals of carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060 through digital means.

As an example of how the company and local governments are working together on urban carbon management, SAP has helped Panjin city in Northeast China's Liaoning province to come up with a comprehensive index of urban sustainable development. Through intelligent analysis technology, SAP enabled green development goals to become more transparent and measurable so as to balance local carbon reduction goals and economic development.

SAP will adhere to the concept of "making the world work better", and use digital means to further facilitate the green transition of a human community with a shared future.

CNCERT network security incident disposal cooperation

National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC)

Global cooperation on cybersecurity is an important cornerstone for the building of a community of shared future in cyberspace. As the leading unit of China's network security emergency response system, the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team of China, or CNCERT, has established partnerships with 275 organizations in 82 countries and regions in the world and signed memorandums of cooperation with 33 organizations. Each year, it coordinates and handles over 100,000 cybersecurity incidents.

While the center has always been at the forefront of protecting the interests of the nation, its companies and its citizens, it has also actively implemented the vision of a community with a shared future in cyberspace and taken practical actions to maintain the global internet security order.

CNCERT has been promoting, participating in and contributing to global cybersecurity cooperation and stands ready to work with global partners to enhance its capacity for information sharing, threat warning and incident management.

Interconnected international logistics channel to promote new Silk Road e-commerce

Cainiao Network Technology

Cainiao is a global logistics industry internet company. Its businesses cover international and domestic logistics supply chains, urban and rural delivery, logistics real estate and logistics technology. In the 2022 fiscal year, it achieved an operating income of 66.8 billion yuan ($9.21 billion) and created nearly 300,000 jobs.

In 2018, the company started the construction of its international logistics channel and adopted the strategy of combining connectivity of infrastructure with digital intelligence. It has built a logistics network covering more than 200 countries and regions around the world, which has enabled overseas delivery to consumers within 10 days.

In 2021, Cainiao's global logistics network handled more than 4.5 million cross-border parcels per day, making it one of the four major cross-border logistics networks in the world. It built a large digital logistics hub in Belgium's Liege Airport a year ago, helping reduce the processing time of cross-border parcels from China to Liege by 8 to 12 hours on average.

Cainiao also helped Thai express delivery companies to build one of the largest automated warehouses in Southeast Asia.

Building a platform for the development and implementation of the global energy internet

Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization

Every major transition in human society has been accompanied by a leap in productive forces and major progress in human civilization. But that also brings with it many problems restricting sustainable development, including scarcity of resources, climate change and environmental pollution.

In order to achieve synergies among governments, enterprises, financial institutions and other parties, for a concerted effort on research, investment and implementation of Global Energy Interconnection, GEIDCO has developed and built the first ever World of Energy Interconnection platform in the global energy interconnection field.

The global energy internet is essentially "smart grid + ultrahigh voltage grid + clean energy".It will not only improve and upgrade the quality of power infrastructure, but also promote the integration of energy, information and transportation networks, providing an important carrier for sustainable development.

WEI has brought together 347 clean energy development and power grid interconnection projects. Registered users cover more than 100 countries.

Digital Dunhuang

Dunhuang Academy

The Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province, represents a combination of architecture, sculpture and painting. It is an outstanding representative of Chinese traditional culture.

In the early 1990s, the Dunhuang Academy put forward the concept of Digital Dunhuang project, which is about using computer technology and digital image processing technology to reproduce and preserve precious relics showcasing Dunhuang culture and art. With more than 30 years of development, a set of systems for the collection, processing, storage and display of cultural relics has been established, and a large number of digital resources have become valuable innovative resources in the digital age.

In 2016, the Digital Dunhuang resource database went online, which featured high-definition images and panoramic tours of 30 caves. To date, the database has welcomed visitors from 78 countries, including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Russia, Canada, France and Spain. The database has so far received more than 16.8 million visits in total and has become an important brand and a window through which the world can learn about Dunhuang culture.

Experts: Develop AI as safe, useful 'knife'
By CUI JIA in Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Foreign attendees exchange views at a forum on AI and digital ethics at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Zhejiang province on Thursday. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY

Greater efforts are needed to make artificial intelligence safe for human society — and regulators over the world must set ethical boundaries before AI technologies and algorithms make further advances, industry experts said on Thursday.

"A knife can be used for chopping food ingredients, but it can also be used to kill people. Ideally, we should develop AI into a sharp knife that can be a practical tool for human beings but will never harm us," said Zhu Shiqiang, director of Zhejiang Lab and deputy president of the Artificial Intelligence Industry Alliance, at a forum on AI and digital ethics at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit.

Zhang Bo, president of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence at Tsinghua University and an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said measures to prevent the risk of people losing control over AI-enabled machines and potentially sentient robots must be put in place, or else, science fiction scenarios may come to pass.

"We used to believe that machines can become threats to human beings only when AI surpasses, or gets close to, that of humans. But the fact is, although AI is nascent, it appears as though we've started to lose control sooner than expected," Zhang said.

Currently, AI-enabled technologies can generate quality information, including text and images, to meet the requirements of users. But AI can also be freed of user control and manipulated to deliver biased and inaccurate information. Decisions based on such information can lead to disasters. Yet, people should give the AI industry liberty and autonomy to develop in the right direction, Zhang said.

"AI systems are also vulnerable to attack as algorithms aren't safe, trustworthy or reliable. When systems are under attack, they may even act destructively," he said. "Technologies like AI deepfakes — the manipulation of videos and images to create seemingly realistic but fabricated content — have had a huge impact on society."

Developers must assess AI systems scientifically during the development stage and have them closely monitored. Also, measures to prevent systems from being attacked or going rogue must be put in place, Zhang said.

Zhu of Zhejiang Lab said that, although currently, AI is still nascent, people must attach great importance to preventing it from being misused while pushing forward its development.

The lab, he said, has started developing methods to prevent AI from harming society and keep it under control.

Digital economy seen as key to boosting growth
By FAN FEIFEI in Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Zeng Yu, director of the China Internet Network Information Center, addresses a forum on digital development during the WIC Wuzhen Summit in Zhejiang province on Thursday. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY

Official: More efforts needed to augment intl exchanges, innovation capacities

The digital economy is playing an increasingly important role in accelerating the digital transformation and upgrading of industries, and bolstering China's high-quality economic development, said officials and company executives at a forum on Thursday during the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit.

Ren Xianliang, secretary-general of the World Internet Conference, said China has made remarkable achievements in facilitating the development of the digital economy, which has become a significant force driving China's economic growth.

More efforts should be made to strengthen international exchanges and cooperation, improve scientific and technological innovation capacities, attract more high-tech talent and promote the in-depth integration of the digital economy with the real economy, Ren said.

Zeng Yu, director of the China Internet Network Information Center, called for heightened efforts to push ahead with the construction of digital infrastructure, speed up the layout of the cloud computing network and bolster advances in cutting-edge and frontier technologies.

The digital economy is currently booming across the globe. In China, new industries and forms of business buoyed by innovative digital technologies like big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are finding a wide range of applications across various industries and integrating with the real economy.

The scale of China's digital economy reached 45.5 trillion yuan ($6.3 trillion) in 2021, ranking second in the world, and accounted for 39.8 percent of the country's GDP, according to a white paper released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.

"Propelling new development of the digital economy through technological innovation is the responsibility of digital tech companies," said Liu Yong, vice-president of Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Liu said Tencent has invested heavily in the research and development of core technologies and stepped up efforts in the fields of artificial intelligence, 5G, quantum and blockchain, while bolstering the digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises.

In January, the State Council — the nation's Cabinet — announced a plan to further promote development of the digital economy during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25). China aims to raise the proportion of the added value of core digital economy industries in its GDP to 10 percent in 2025, according to the plan.

Zhou Hongyi, founder of cybersecurity company 360 Security Group, emphasized the significance of pushing forward the digital transformation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises or MSMEs, as they still face mounting pressure and challenges from the shortage of capital, talent and technology.

More efforts are needed to leverage digital technologies to help such enterprises, which play a critical part in narrowing the income gap and bolstering development of the real economy, Zhou said, adding that the company has launched an SaaS — or software as a service — platform and is helping drive the digitalization push of MSMEs.

With the emergence of new digital technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain, business-oriented internet applications have entered the fast lane, said Qu Fang, co-founder of Xiaohongshu, a lifestyle-focused social networking site.

Luigi Gambardella, president of China-EU, an international association promoting digital and high-tech cooperation between European and Chinese companies, said Chinese companies should grasp opportunities in the digital economy era for win-win cooperation with European partners.

"Chinese companies offering digital energy-saving applications and technologies have huge opportunities in European markets," he said, adding that investments by Chinese companies would give positive signals to European enterprises amid the energy crisis and high inflation in Europe.

Innovative achievements lighten up Wuzhen Summit
The release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements is held in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/chinadaily.com.cn]

Fifteen cutting-edge scientific and technological achievements made by world-leading internet giants from China and abroad were unveiled at the event dubbed "the Oscars for the industry" at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit on Nov 9 in East China's Zhejiang province.

The achievements cover basic theories, technologies, products and business models on internet, which were chosen from 257 domestic and international applications.

Starting from May, the World Internet Conference started to solicit achievements in the internet industry and has received wide attention and positive response from all over the world.

The release ceremony showcased progress in frontier sections such as 5G/6G networks, IPv6+ protocol, artificial intelligence, operating systems, cyberspace security, supercomputing, high-performance chips and "digital twins".

People pose for photos at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements held in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]
Eagle 6G: an original prototype and evaluation environment for enhanced broadband 6G is introduced at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]
The world's first modem and RF system integrated with 5G AI processor is introduced at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/chinadaily.com.cn]
The OpenEuler operating system by Huawei Technologies Co is introduced at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]
Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace is introduced at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]
ODPS, a data-driven big data computing platform with large scale and multi-scenario integration, is introduced at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]
Ruijian digital content forgery detection system and equipment are introduced at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/chinadaily.com.cn]
LS3C5000 and LS3A5000 processor chips are introduced at the release ceremony for world leading internet scientific and technological achievements in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn]
Digital civilization alliance in Yangtze River Delta region established
By Ma Zhenhuan in Wuzhen
The Digital Yangtze River Delta Alliance was established to promote the integration of the region in various digital fields. [Photo/chinanews.com]

A seminar on co-building digital civilization in the Yangtze River Delta region kicked off at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit on Wednesday in East China's Zhejiang province. The Yangtze River Delta region is an economic powerhouse of modern China, which encompasses the metropolis of Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui.

During the seminar, the Digital Yangtze River Delta Alliance was established to promote the integration of the region in various digital fields.

The alliance – including Qingpu and Songjiang districts in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Jiaxing, and Huzhou in Zhejiang province, Nanjing and Suzhou in Jiangsu province, and Hefei and Wuhu in Anhui province – will collaborate to boost the development of the digital economy in the region.

Zhejiang will join hands with Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Anhui to focus on the six major fields, including digital infrastructure, digital industry, digital technology, digital society, digital government, and digital systems and mechanisms to jointly promote the construction of the digital Yangtze River Delta, according to Xu Wenguang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), during the seminar.

According to Huang Xianhai, vice-president of Zhejiang University, the positioning of digital economy integrated development in the region targets safeguarding the global data transactions and digital trade centers, building an internationally influential digital financial center and innovative center, and establishing an internationally important data industry chain cluster.

Specifically, a digital link platform should be developed to help match supply and demand and the recycles of the internal and external market, Huang added.

Li Jichun, director of the Think Tank Center of the Yangtze Delta region Institute of Tsinghua University in Zhejiang, explained the importance of digital civilization from the perspective of Chinese philosophy. "Numbers are rich in concept in Chinese culture. It is part of Chinese culture and the carrier of Chinese culture. Through numbers, we can know about ancient people's thinking patterns, philosophical thoughts, religious ideas and other valuable cultural heritages."

"In the integrated development for the future, it is necessary to make better use of digital, technology and its market," said Wang Zhen, vice-president of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2019, the integrated regional development of the Yangtze River Delta was elevated to a national strategy, adding momentum to the region's growth.

As the Yangtze River Delta is one of China's most economically active, open, and innovative regions, this year's co-constriction of digital civilization boasts strategic significance in leveraging the strengths of the region's enormous market, stimulating the vitality of the digital economy, enhancing government efficiency, optimizing the digital social environment, setting up a digital cooperation structure, and building a strong digital security shield.

Fang Xiaoying in Wuzhen contributed to this story.

New tech gadgets showcased at Light of Internet Expo
A smart helmet is on display at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/IC]

New tech gadgets bring warmth to human life as showcased at the Light of Internet Expo, an event of the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit, in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province.

People can see a smart helmet used to protect riders, a bionic hand and an exoskeleton robot for physically challenged people at the Light of Internet Expo.

Visitors can also play an interactive dancing game, experience the immersive metaverse and see an underwater robot at the expo.

The expo showcased China's commitment to cooperating with global enterprises to build digital China and digital society in cyberspace.

Over 400 enterprises from 40 countries and regions were attracted to the expo which exhibits and has released cutting-edge technologies and products, as well as held match-making events for talents.

People interact with a bionic hand at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/IC]
People experience digital RMB at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/IC]
A vehicle-mounted system is showcased at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/IC]
A man experiences the immersive metaverse at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo/VCG]
People walk into the entrance of the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 9, 2022. [Photo/VCG]
A boy observes an underwater robot at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]
A woman plays an interactive dancing game at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]
A staff member showcases how to use exoskeleton robot at the Light of Internet Expo in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Nov 8, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]
Cutting-edge innovations light up Wuzhen Summit
By MA ZHENHUAN in Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Technological achievements in 6G are unveiled during the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Zhejiang province on Wednesday. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY

Fifteen cutting-edge scientific and technological achievements made by world-leading internet giants from China and abroad were unveiled at the event dubbed the Oscars for the industry at the 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit on Wednesday in East China's Zhejiang province.

This year's significant innovations and the summit's pledge to unswervingly present, exchange and promote the latest global technologies have been highly appreciated by experts worldwide and audiences, the event's organizers said.

The release ceremony showcased progress in frontier sections such as 5G/6G networks, IPv6+ protocol, artificial intelligence, operating systems, cyberspace security, supercomputing, high-performance chips, and "digital twins".

"The chosen innovations play an important role in data circulation," said Wu Hequan, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering. "The young talent will also boost the development of the internet industry in the future."

This year's latest advancements bridge many gaps in the internet industry. ODPS, which is a hyper-scale big data computing platform from Alibaba Cloud, also made several innovations, including on the reliability of the database. "Its applications cover sectors like industry, energy, medical services and city governance," said Jiang Jiangwei, a partner of Alibaba Group.

China Unicom's IPv6+ is also among the avant-garde selections. Based on the IPv6+ technology, a smart data private network was built during the Winter Olympics earlier this year in Beijing. It provided the shortest latency, the highest performance, reliable high-quality service, and strongly supported the 2022 Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics, said Liang Baojun, vice-president of China United Network Communications Group Co, during the release ceremony.

Malcolm Johnson, deputy secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, in his video address, said, "The ITU commends China on its profound digital transformation, bringing the benefits of the technology even to its most remote regions and its strong support to the ITU."

Among the foreign winners, the audience was floored by the Snapdragon X70 chip from Qualcomm. The company said it is the world's first 5G AI-enabled processor integrated into a 5G Modem-RF system. Hou Mingjuan, the company's vice-president, said the processor supports every commercial 5G band from the base 600 MHz up to 41 GHz.

Justin Zhao, deputy general manager of Microsoft China, said the company's Azure Digital Twins is a first-party digital twin service. A digital twin is a virtual model that accurately reflects a physical object.

The Azure product, Zhao said, not only has a single digital twin technology service capability but also provides open platform services. These can integrate with various digital platforms to offer cross-industry and end-to-end digital twin solutions.

The 5G Time-Critical Communication Enabled Remote Control system, jointly developed by Ericsson, China Mobile and Tencent Cloud, provides a bounded latency guarantee mechanism for delay-sensitive applications, said Fang Ying, president of Ericsson China.

The achievements were selected from a pool of 257 projects through voting by a team of experts from China and abroad.

The 15 best scientific and technological achievements are from China Unicom, China Telecom, Peng Cheng Laboratory, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Huawei, Kaspersky, Alibaba Cloud, Microsoft, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Loongson Technology, Ant Group, Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhejiang University.

Fang Xiaoying in Wuzhen contributed to this story.

Conference builds global connections
A woman tries out an intelligent vehicle demonstrated at the 2022 World Internet Conference. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY
An employee of Huawei introduces products to a visitor at the company's booth during the conference. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY
Foreign exhibitors talk at an exhibition booth during the conference. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY
A guest tries out a pair of augmented reality glasses during the 2022 World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
A visitor checks out a car equipped with Baidu's Apollo Go autonomous driving technology during the conference. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
Mascots of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 make an appearance at the conference. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
A visitor plays an intelligent piano exhibited at the conference. WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY
A woman exercises with an on-screen digital figure at China Mobile's exhibition booth. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY
BeiDou making mark among navigation systems
By ZHU WENQIAN in Wuzhen, Zhejiang
Ran Chengqi, director general of the China Satellite Navigation Office, introduces China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/chinadaily.com.cn]

China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will be further developed and feature better compatibility and interoperability coordination with the world's other navigation systems, including the GPS system of the United States, Russia's GLONASS system and the Galileo system of the European Union, an official said during the World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Zhejiang province on Wednesday.

BDS operators will regard bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other systems in the application sectors as an important matter, continue to promote the implementation of some application demonstration projects overseas and practically push forward its international applications, Ran Chengqi, director general of China Satellite Navigation Office, said at a forum during the summit.

"BDS has made significant contributions to the digitalization of economies involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, and it has provided effective and accurate services to more than half of countries and regions worldwide," Ran said.

BDS has released its cooperative initiatives and application scenarios to countries in Africa, Central Asia and Latin America, as well as member states of global organizations like the League of Arab States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Launched in July 2020, BDS is regarded as one of the four core satellite navigation systems globally. The technology has entered a new stage and is set to play a more important role with the fast development of the global digital economy, and BDS has been adhering to opening-up and cooperation, Ran said.

"Next, we will continue to promote the construction, development and capacity upgrading of BDS, and provide support for future intelligent and unmanned development. In the future, no matter whether the facilities are underwater, indoors or in deep space, we will be able to enjoy highly precise, safe and intelligent positioning and navigation services."

Besides providing positioning and navigation services to global users, BDS has its own innovations and featured services such as providing highly accurate services for bike-sharing management, he added.

For example, the service helps manage precise locations of shared bicycles nationwide. Currently, China has some 1.1 million bicycles available for sharing that the high-accuracy service of BDS can precisely manage locations of.

Last year, China had some 3.8 million bikes available for bike-sharing services, according to research firm iiMedia Research.

Meanwhile, the State Council Information Office published a white paper titled "China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in the New Era" on Friday.

As a first-class navigation satellite system developed by China and dedicated to the world, BDS has been applied worldwide, integrated with global infrastructure and introduced into mass markets, empowering industries and profoundly changing people's lives and the way they work, the white paper said.

According to the white paper, in the years to come, China will further upgrade BDS technologies, functions and services. The goal is to create a comprehensive system that is more extensive, integrated and intelligent, and that provides flexible, smart, precise and secure navigation, positioning and timing services. And by doing so, China will be able to better help improve people's well-being and promote human progress.

In addition, China will promote large-scale BDS applications and encourage their market-oriented, industrialized and globalized development to offer a broader range of public services at a higher quality, the white paper said.

Specialists stress global ties to deepen digital effects
By CAO YIN in Wuzhen, Zhejiang
The 2022 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit opens in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, Nov 9, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Internet and technology professionals from home and abroad have called for deepened international cooperation in various digital fields to benefit more people and make greater efforts in jointly building a community with a shared future in cyberspace.

The specialists, including those from governments, enterprises and research institutes, shared details of digital achievements and made suggestions during the Global Development Initiative Digital Cooperation Forum, part of the World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit, which was held both offline and online on Wednesday.

In the face of global economic challenges and rapid growth of technologies, many countries have realized the importance of digital economy and began joining hands to develop digital resources, technologies and trade, said Shang Bing, president of the Internet Society of China, while delivering a keynote speech to the forum.

China has seen benefits from digital economy, "and we'd like to work with the world to deepen cooperation in digital areas, such as those on basic infrastructure construction and governance", he said.

He suggested the world strengthen cooperation in digital technologies, with more focus on promoting internet applications in building barrier-free facilities, in a bid to help the elderly and disabled benefit from a digital life.

Daniel Filmus, Argentina's minister of science, technology and innovation, stressed in his address via video link that the world should develop wider and more deepened global digital cooperation, to underline that governments must shoulder the responsibility of managing new technologies and solving new problems.

As digital technologies have played a big role in many aspects of people's work and life, such as healthcare and remote education, building a shared and safe digital future for all countries and fostering fair economic development are important priorities, hence he decided to highlight them through his participation in the Wuzhen Summit.

Eric Jing, chairman and CEO of Ant Financial Services Group, said the company has had many partners overseas, "and what we want is to help more people and more regions enter the digital payment age".

While providing partners with technological aids to establish payment platforms, "We've also paid high attention to educating talent, as it's essential to develop the global digital economy," he said.

He also highlighted the significance of personnel exchanges and communication in the digital era, adding "We hope to work with more technological enterprises to make bigger contributions to building a more open, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable world."

Chen Rui, chairman and CEO of Bilibili, a Chinese video-sharing platform popular among youngsters, said that digital cooperation could also be developed in the cultural industry.

"We encourage Chinese video makers to go global and introduce developments in the Chinese cultural industry, and we also welcome overseas video producers to our platform to show their own cultures," he said, adding that Bilibili has more than 10 million users in Southeast Asia.

In addition, the professionals and other representatives also exchanged views at the forum on topics like strengthening capacity building of digital governance to create a new pattern of digital governance cooperation, sharing dividends of digital technology development to bridge the digital divide, and improving digital literacy and skills.

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