The World Internet Conference (WIC) Wuzhen Summit recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, showcasing the advancements made in the internet industry over the past decade. Peter Jarich, Head of GSMA Intelligence, praised the summit for its ongoing relevance and the vital topics it addresses. In an interview with People’s Daily Online, he highlighted the significance of an event that remains relevant as the industry evolves.
Jarich commended the WIC Wuzhen Summit for providing a platform for countries and industry stakeholders worldwide to showcase their scientific and technological achievements. He emphasized the importance of not only sharing insights but also taking actionable steps to deliver tangible benefits. The conference brings together various industries, fostering collaboration and sharing of knowledge.
Jarich was impressed by the innovation showcased at the summit, with numerous companies presenting their new services and demonstrating their achievements. He expressed the importance of face-to-face interactions and hoped that people outside of China would join the discussions to further promote knowledge sharing and understanding.
According to the World Internet Development Report 2023 and the China Internet Development Report 2023, released at the summit, China has achieved significant progress in internet development, ranking second among 52 economies. The reports highlighted the rise in innovation capabilities, internet applications, and industrial development within China.
Discussing the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI), Jarich emphasized the need for responsible usage to prevent abuse and protect against risks such as fraud and lack of security. He stated that with appropriate regulations in place, AI presents vast opportunities for advancement.
Looking to the future, Jarich believes that the internet will continue to develop in unforeseen ways, connecting everyone and everything. To seize the potential benefits, he stressed the importance of addressing risks and challenges associated with AI. Equitable and safe utilization of AI will unlock incredible opportunities in the evolving landscape.
The WIC Wuzhen Summit serves as a global platform for discussing and advancing the internet industry. With its decade-long relevance, the conference continues to foster collaboration, innovation, and technological development. As the industry progresses, it remains a vital gathering for stakeholders to share insights, implement actions, and shape the future of the internet.