Denis Davydov takes seat at World Internet Conference High-Level Advisory Council


Chairman of the Board of Safe Internet League Denis Davydov has taken his place as a member of the High-Level Advisory Council of the World Internet Conference, alongside the body’s co-chairs ICANN President Fadi Chehadé and leading Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma, Microsoft Executive Vice President Harry Shum, and other prominent international Internet experts. Members of the HAC will be discussing issues of global Internet governance and putting them on the agenda of the World Internet Conference. In addition to that, the Safe Internet League has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Cybersecurity Association of China which, among other things, provides for a semi-annual Russia-China cybersecurity conference.

«Such robust developments in Russia-China collaboration on matters of global Internet governance is the result of the mutual agreements reached by Aide to President of Russia Igor Schegolev and Director of Cyberspace Administration of China and member of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee Lu Wei at the 1st World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang [Mr Schegolev was leading the Russian delegation]» notes Denis Davydov. «The world is searching for a new model of Internet governance. The Wuzhen Summit aspires to be the platform for delivering such a model, one based on a civilised approach — namely, of Internet governance at the level of the UN and designated international organisations providing and guaranteeing transparency of the whole process, sovereignty of states parties, and inadmissibility of unilateral interference by any single country. This is a matter in which the Russian and Chinese positions are in complete accord.»

The decision to create the High-Level Advisory Council was made last week during the 2nd World Internet Conference. The HAC will comprise 31 members — representatives of various governments and the online industry, prominent experts and specialists. Council members will meet at least semi-annually to shape the agenda of the next World Internet Conference. The only Russian member of the Council will be, as was mentioned previously, Safe Internet League Chairman of the Board Denis Davydov.

The cooperation between Russia and China in matters of global Internet governance will also be taken yet further by the Cooperation Agreement signed by the Safe Internet League and the Cybersecurity Association of China. The agreement will involve exchange of experience in matters of cybersecurity, joint reports to be presented to the two countries’ leadership, joint research and war-games in the sphere of information security, including ways to counter information warfare. The document also provides for a semi-annual Russia-China cybersecurity conference. The first of these will take place in April-May 2016 in Moscow, Russia, most likely as part of the annual Safer Internet Forum, organised by the League. Among those who have already accepted the invitation to attend is Director of Cyberspace Administration of China Lu Wei.