Chapter I: General Principles
Article 1: Obeying the basic principle of “vigorous development, strengthening management, search profit and avoid harm, and being useful to us”, and in order to establish our country’s Internet sector self-discipline mechanism, standardize the activities of practitioners in the sector, stimulate and guarantee the Internet sector’s healthy development according to the law, this Convention is formulated.
Article 2: Internet sector as named in this Convention is the general name referring to the sector engaging in Internet operation service, application service, information service, network product and network information resource exploitation and production, as well as other research, education, service and other activities.
Article 3: The basic principles of the Internet sector are patriotism, compliance with the law, fairness and honesty.
Article 4: Practitioners in the entire sector are proposed to accede to this Convention, and, starting from the height of safeguarding the comprehensive interest of the State and the entire sector, to vigorously move sector self-discipline forward, to create a desirable environment for sector development.
Article 5: The China Internet Association is the implementing organ for this Convention, and are responsible for the organization of implementation this Convention.
Chapter II: Self-discipline clauses
Article 6: Consciously abide by State laws, regulations and policies concerning Internet development and management, forcefully carry forward the excellent cultural traditions of the Chinese nation and the moral standards of the Socialist spiritual civilization, vigorously promote the construction of professional ethics in the Internet sector.
Article 7: Encourage and support the development of lawful, fair and orderly sector competition, oppose the adoption of improper means to conduct intra-sector competition.
Article 8: Consciously safeguard the lawful rights and interests of consumers. Preserve users’ information and secrets; do not use information provided by users to engage in any activity that has no relationship with the commitments made to users, do not use technological or other superiority to infringe the lawful interests of consumers or users.
Article 9: Internet information services should consciously abide by State regulations concerning Internet information service management, and consciously implement their self-discipline duties concerning Internet information services:
(1) do not produce, distribute or disseminate information harming national security, harming social stability, violating laws or regulations as well as superstition, obscenity and other harmful information, conduct supervision over users disseminating information on websites, timely delete harmful information;
(3) when producing, distributing or disseminating network information, laws and regulations related to the protection of intellectual property rights must be observed;
(4) guide the broad users towards using the network in a civilized manner, strengthen network ethical mentalities, consciously resist the dissemination of harmful information.
Article 10: Internet access service providers should conduct examination of and supervision over information on websites inside and outside of their access boundaries, refuse to provide access to websites disseminating harmful information, and eliminate the negative influence of harmful information on our country’s network users
Article 11: Internet surfing venue operators must adopt effective measures to create a healthy and civilized surfing environment, and guide surfing persons and especially the youth to surf healthily.
Article 12: Internet information network product producers must respect the intellectual property rights of other persons, and oppose the production of products containing harmful information or which infringe other persons’ intellectual property rights.
Article 13: Practitioners in the entire sector are to jointly be on guard against the dissemination of malicious computer code or destructive software on the Internet, oppose the production and dissemination of computer software that has malicious attack capacities against computer networks and other persons’ computer information systems, oppose illegal access or destruction of other persons’ computer information systems.
Article 14: Strengthen communication and cooperation, research and explore development strategies for our country’s Internet sector, put forward policy and legislation suggestions for our country’s Internet sector construction, development and management.
Article 15: Support the adoption of all kinds of effective methods, launch cooperation in Internet sector research, production, services and other spheres, jointly create good sector development environments.
Article 16: Encourage enterprises, research and education organs, other work units and individuals to forcefully exploit computer software, hardware and all sorts of network products, etc., having indigenous intellectual property rights, providing powerful support for further development of our Internet sector.
Article 17: Vigorously participate in international cooperation and exchange, participate in the formulation of international sector standards, and consciously abide by the international norms signed by our country.
Article 18: Consciously accept supervision and criticism of the sector from all walks of society, jointly resist and rectify harmful trends in the sector.
Chapter III: The implementation of the Convention
Article 19: The China Internet Association is responsible for the organization of the implementation of this Convention, is responsible for transmitting Internet sector management regulations, policies and sector self-discipline information to the member work units, for timely reflecting the wishes or requirements of member work units to government controlling departments, for safeguarding the proper rights and interests of member work units, for organizing and implementing Internet sector self-discipline, and for conducting supervision and inspection of the situation of member work units’ compliance with this Convention.
Article 20: The member work units of this Convention should fully abide by and consciously implement all self-discipline principles of this Convention.
Article 21: When disputes arise between Convention members, all sides in the dispute should, in line with the principle of mutual understanding and mutual accommodation, strive to solve the dispute through consultations, and are also permitted to request the Convention implementation organ to conduct mediation, consciously safeguard sector unity and safeguard the overall interests of the sector.
Article 22: Where member work units of this Convention violate this Convention, any other member work unit is empowered to timely report this to the implementing organ of the Convention, and require the implementing organ of the Convention to conduct an investigation; the implementing organ of the Convention may also directly conduct investigations, and will publish the results of the investigation to the whole body of member work units.
Article 23: Where member work units of this Convention violate this Convention, creating harmful influences, and this is verified, the implementing organ of the Convention will impose the punishments of internal reporting among the member work units or cancelling Convention membership qualifications in consideration of the different circumstances.
Article 24: All member work units of this Convention are empowered to conduct supervision over the legality and fairness of the way the Convention implementation organ implements this Convention, and are empowered to report acts violating this Convention of the Convention implementing organ or other work personnel to the controlling department of the implementing organ.
Article 25: The implementing organ of this Convention and the member work units must abide by relevant State laws and regulations in the process of implementing this Convention.
Chapter IV: Supplementary provisions
Article 26: This Convention takes becomes valid after signature of the legal representative of the sponsoring work unit or their entrusted representative, and will be published by the China Internet Association to society 30 days after becoming valid.
Article 27: During the period of validity of this Convention, where the implementing organ of the Convention and more than ten per cent of the member units of this Convention make a proposal, and more than two thirds of the member work units agree, it is permitted to revise this Convention.
Article 28: Our country’s Internet sector practitioners accepting the self-discipline norms of this Convention, may all apply to accede to this Convention; member work units of this Convention may also withdraw from this Convention, and notify the implementing organ of the Convention; the implementing organ of the Convention will regularly publish a list of work units who have acceded to or withdrawn from this Convention.
Article 29: The member work units of this Convention may initiate the formulation of self-discipline agreements for branch sectors under this Convention, and after agreement by the member work units of this Convention, these may be added as annexes to this Convention, promulgated and implemented.
Article 30: The interpretation of this Convention is the responsibility of the China Internet Association.
Article 31: This Convention takes effect on the date of promulgation