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Baoding Declaration: Global Communication Consensus in the Digital Age

(CNR) Updated: 2015-07-01 10:09

The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras believed that, "the number is the origin of all things".

Science begins with data, so that data can benefit mankind. Over the years, spreading the truth is our eternal pursuit!

As a resource, information has been materially existed since ancient times, rising in value through electronization and digitization. In 1800, Volta invented the world's first battery. In 1946, the first computer was invented by man. With the arrival of the age of computer and the Internet, information has become commodities that can be produced, exchanged, and transmitted. Since then, human society has transformed into a digital society, where human beings has become the creators, custodian, transmitter and the reader of digital data. Transistors, integrated circuits, personal computers, the Internet, the world wide web, web browser, search engine, smart phones, social networks, wearable devices and the 3D printing are more diverse, effective and richer, compared with the traditional printing society of Cai Lun, Bi Sheng and Gutenberg. In less than half a century, the amount of storage data has grown by thousands of times, and the speed of data transmission increased from several days to a few milliseconds, reaching 9 orders of magnitude. Thus, these data has encoded everything into the Boolean algebra. Therefore, the whole real world has become a large mass of information data for global sharing and dissemination by digitally encoding in the Internet with the speed of light.

Back to the year of 2013, the number of global web pages reached 30 billion according to statistics. In 2014, the number of global mobile phone users reached 5.2 billion. Besides, the Internet users reached 2.8 billion accounting for 39% of the global population. Especially, US and Chinese Internet population accounted for 10% and 23% of the world. In the list of top 15 global public internet companies, the United States and China took over 11 and 4 spots respectively, with a total market capitalization of $2.416 trillion. In addition, China's Internet economy accounts for 4.4% of GDP, which surpassed the United States, France and Germany, reaching the level of the world's leading countries.

Nowadays, big data is a sign of a new stage of human information society. Moreover, Big data will play a leading role of revolution and transformation of human economy.

What’s more, big data achieved datamation by quantifying everything worldwide, bringing a new world view of big data.

How to adapt to the new requirements of the information civilization by the promising global communication coming form industrial civilization? This is not only a new opportunity for the global communication, but also a novel topic of how to transcend the historical path urgently by human beings. For journalists, this is definitely a unique mission of embracing future of the new blue ocean.

Once upon a time, human took only three centuries to stride across three waves of agricultural civilization, industrial civilization and information civilization.

Information society made information into common commodities. It took just 50 years to fill the gap between the resources and application of information for human, even though the history of human civilization has evolved over five thousand years.

According to Open Data Charter, the G8 countries have the responsibility to take the priority to release high-quality open data, including the following 14 categories related to the livelihood of the people: Geospatial, Statistics, Mobility and Welfare, Transport and Infrastructure, Science and Research, Crime and Justice, Education, Energy and Environment, Government Accountability and Democracy, and the Global Development. Furthermore, Open Data Charter announce that, global communication is badly in need of building an open big data system, which is involved in the global communication, development and utilization. So that the value and consumption bonus of big data can be shared by the public worldwide.

Nowadays, the global big data has contributed $27 billion to GDP. Recently, Gartner Inc. predicts that big data technologies will become the mainstream technology in 5-10 years.

According to statistics, the Global Information Society Index (ISI) is 0.5494 in 2015, which accelerates the transition from an industrial society to an information society. Moreover, Some experts predict that mankind will enter the information society in 2018. For China, there are two development goals of hundred years: In 2021, China's Information Consumption Per Capita should be closed to $1000; in 2049, China's Information Consumption Per Capita should exceed $3000. In that case, China will become the world's largest information economy.

Internet + big data is reshaping the dissemination of information between people. We, China National Radio team of the major program of the National Social Science Foundation of China : Research on Construction of Network Culture - The Countermeasures and Suggestions of Building a Cultural Power with Chinese Socialism Characteristics, and the School of Journalism and Communication of Hebei University, World Summit on Media Literacy, VESS LLC, Department of Communication Studies of University of the Pacific, Hebei Media and Social Research Center, New Media Professional Committee of Chinese Society for Science and Technology Journalism, World Communication Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China New Media Communication Association, Department of Communication Studies of China University of Technology jointly put forward four proposals:

Firstly, embrace new digital era imitatively, promote the innovation and development driven by Internet + big data, aiming at improving human productivity and promoting the growth of information economy.

Secondly, advance network security with harmony law and international standards. Meanwhile, develop the standards of cyberspace stability, data security and privacy protection. Eventually, create and shape credible, responsible and sustainable communication environment.

Thirdly, improve the national media literacy of big data and change the existing education system. Consequently, promote the research, education and investment which is driven by big data, internet of things and cloud computing, helping young students to meet the needs of the global economy.

At last, launch the establishment of a cross-regional, cross-industry and global research collaboration alliance which combine with big data and communication innovation, jointly committed to promoting the global free trade, and achieving an open, free, multilateral and transparent digital communication order.

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