The rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the emergence of China as a primordial global power are two of the most impactful political events of our generation. They are also profoundly intertwined at various levels: China not only sees ICTs as essential to its continued development, it is also enmeshed in rapidly evolving international discussions concerning internet governance and cyber security. Yet while a growing number of policy initiatives and processes now involve China, detailed local knowledge concerning its approaches to cyber issues remains limited among stakeholders around the world.
Our research projects aims at increased levels of knowledge and awareness among a variety of target groups, including policymakers and researchers engaging with China, as well as civil society organizations. Its primary focus is how China’s cyber policy affects international law, politics and economics, with particular attention for how European and Dutch interests are influenced.
By organizing two international workshops, we aim to collaborate with Chinese, European and American experts to work on issues concerning diverse topics in internet policy. In support of this project, a network of social and research partners was created. Social partners are the primary conduits for dissemination of research outcomes, generating impact and outlining content demand. They include Dutch and European governmental bodies, important non-governmental organizations etc. Research partners include academic entities and think tanks. Prominent representatives of academic and social partners form a project feedback group, to advise on and guide the substantive development of the project. This group collaborates constantly and meets regularly at conferences and workshops in the Netherlands, China and the US.
The first workshop was successfully held in Leiden and The Hague in the last week of March, 2017. The subject of the workshop was “Cyber China: Data protection and transnational data flows”. During the workshop, our Chinese, American and European partners worked to untangle issues of transnational data flows and recent developments in data retention regulations in the EU, US and China. The result of the workshop was the formal start of the working group of American, Chinese and European experts to work on internet and cyber related issues that are of concern to the EU, the US, and China. Since then, us and our partners collaborated and published on a diverse set of cyber issues.
The second workshop will take place in Shanghai on the first and second of December, just before the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen will kick off.
Project leader is Dr Rogier Creemers (Van Vollenhoven Institute and LIAS).
The projects aims at increasing knowledge among policymakers and researchers engaging with China, as well as civil society organizations. Its primary focus is how China’s cyber policy affects international law, politics and economics, with particular attention on how European and Dutch interests are influenced.
February 2017-September 2018
Dr Rogier Creemers
The Hague Center of Security Studies (HCSS), Dutch Minsitry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Ministry of Defense
Jurriaan de Blécourt