The Chinese government called for a system that would require all authors to register their real names with publishing platforms on the Internet. Under the guidelines, creators of online content will still be allowed to publish under pen names. But unlike before, when some writers registered accounts under fake names, websites will know exactly who is publishing what.
China is about to engage in a form of import substitution to support local hi-tech champions, the ultimate goal being perhaps to replace foreign technology with home-grown development. An interesting report appeared on various news sites this week regarding the policy decision taken by the Chinese government to treble by the year 2020 the number of patents filed by local Chinese inventors (see for instance the report on WIPR). The metric cited is that China hopes to encourage local inventors to increase the number of filed patents from four patents filed for each 10,000 persons to 14 inventions per 10,000 persons, this to be accomplished by the year 2020.
Several data points demonstrate the context of this goal. It is reported that, in 2013, more than 825,000 patents were filed at the China State Intellectual Property Office. For that same year, it is reported that 629,612 patents were published in China (according to a Thomson Reuters study of December 2014, this is 200,000 more than the patents published in the US for the same year). On a comparative basis, as reported in the World Intellectual Property Indicators for 2014, 32% of the 2.57 million patents filed globally came from China.
An advocacy group that helps internet users inside China bypass blocks on censored content says it is suffering a denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations.
US-subsidised Greatfire.org says the attack started two days ago and traffic is 2,500 times above normal. It has affected “mirror”, or duplicate, websites that it has set up via encrypted web services offered by companies such as Amazon.
The United States and China have been engaged in urgent negotiations on a cybersecurity agreement and may announce the terms when the Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Washington on Thursday. The agreement could address cyber attacks on power stations, cellphone networks and hospitals, according to unidentified officials cited by the New York Times on Saturday.
President Barack Obama called last Wednesday for an international framework to prevent the internet from being “weaponised” as a tool of national aggression, while holding out the prospect of a forceful US response to China over hacking attacks.
Over the last two years, China has become the largest buyer of domain names, resulting in what is likely the biggest story in domain-name investing since the Internet began.“136 of the 676 2-letter .com domain names are now owned by Chinese registrants, breaking the 20% barrier.”
For years now, China’s government has been pushing Internet users towards real-name registration for some internet services, with varying degrees of success. But with a new cybersecurity law that will go into effect on June 1, 2017, ISPs, Wi-Fi node operators, and any other company that provides Internet access will need to confirm your real identity before they can let you online.