Non-profits call for boycott of Chinese summit

For companies, China represents a vast market in which to ply their wares, but its tight control of internet content has some non-profit groups calling for a boycott of the World Internet Conference to be held in the country 16-18 December.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and GreatFire have thrown their support behind the boycott with GreatFire Co-founder Charlie Smith saying in a release that by attending, summit-goers, which reportedly will include Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and LinkedIn Cofounder Reid Hoffman, are “complicit actors in the Chinese censorship regime”.

Smith added that attendees “are deluded” if they believe that going to the summit will “help to free China's Internet”.

Lu Wei, who heads up the Cyber-space Administration of China, was cited by RSF as saying in the lead-up to the conference, that “freedom is our goal and order is our means,” adding that “controlling the internet is necessary in order to correct rumours”.