Speech at the Initiation Ceremony for the 2nd National Cybersecurity Propaganda Week
1 June 2015
All respected guests,
Comrades, students, friends:
Good morning, everyone! Today is “1 June”, the International Children’s Day, on this beautiful day that belongs to children, we are holding the initiation ceremony for the 2nd National Cybersecurity Propaganda Week in the China Science and Technology Museum. First and foremost, on behalf of the Central Internet Information Office [Note: this is a literal translation, the official English name for this body is the Cyberspace Administration of China], I’d like to send my congratulations to children on this holiday, and would like to express heartfelt thanks to all sponsoring work units, all localities and all departments, all enterprises and news media that support and participate in this Cybersecurity Propaganda Week!
In the wake of the information technology revolution, the Internet is powerfully promoting the development and progress of human societies, it is deeply changing people’s ways of production and life, people interact, associate and trade online, words are spoken online, money is spent online, business is handled online, this has become a sort of custom, and a sort of normality. At the same time, the problem of cybersecurity has emerged in its footsteps, cyber attacks, cyber terrorism and other such security incidents happen from time to time, infringement of personal data, theft of personal information, financial swindling of netizens and other such unlawful and criminal activities remain rampant, online pornography, gambling and drugs, as well as online rumours are common occurrences, and have become prominent problems influencing national public security, the popular masses’ calls to attack harmful online information and unlawful activities is extremely strong, safeguarding cybersecurity is an extremely urgent matter that brooks no delay.
General Secretary Xi Jinping pays great attention to cybersecurity work, he has stressed that we must strengthen the cultivation of cybersecurity consciousness in the entire Party and the entire society, spur all of society to participate in the safeguarding of cybersecurity, and foster “good Chinese netizens”. We must deeply understand that cybersecurity not only affects national security and national development, it also directly relates to the personal interests of every netizen. Only by protecting the security of every netizen will it be possible to make cybersecurity take root everywhere, and use solid bricks and tiles to build a firm Great Wall of national cybersecurity.
The creation of the National Cybersecurity Propaganda Week is an important policy of the Central Leading Group for Cybersecurity and Informatization, and is a real action to promote the safeguarding of cybersecurity in all of society, its objective is to strengthen society’s consciousness about cybersecurity, disseminate cybersecurity knowledge and raise cybersecurity skills. Last year, we successfully organized the first National Cybersecurity Propaganda Week, with a number of direct participants in excess of 20 million, and information covering nearly 500 million, which raised an upsurge of “jointly building cybersecurity, jointly enjoying online civilization” among all the people. We launch this National Cybersecurity Propaganda Week today, in order to give prominence to propaganda and education about cybersecurity for the young, to start from the basis, to start with children, to forcefully foster “good Chinese netizens”, build security together, and create gains for the future. As I understand it, to make “good Chinese netizens”, the crucial matter is to ensure “Four Haves”:
First, they must have a high sense of security. The greatest risk in the area of cybersecurity is that there is no awareness of risk, cybersecurity risks are not remote, they are close to us, safeguarding cybersecurity not only is a matter for the State, experts of others, it is a matter for everyone themselves. When cybersecurity problems occur, they may affect a broader sphere and present greater risks than traditional security problems, we must tension the base string of cybersecurity at all times, build a firm “defence line of the mind”, and let awareness about cybersecurity be internalized in hearts and be realized in practice.
Second, they must have civilized online cultivation. They must consciously practice the Socialist core value view, carry forward online positive energy, advocate civilized and healthy online lifestyles, foster online behavioural norms that venerate virtue and are inclined towards the good, use outstanding ideas, morals and culture to nourish the network and nourish society, consciously eliminate filth and mire such as online rumours, online violence, sex and vulgarity, and make cyberspace become clean.
Third, they must have behavioural habits of observing the law. Cyberspace is not a space outside the law, the legal baseline may not be crossed, things that cannot be done offline can equally not be done online. They must use the yardstick of the law to measure their online words and acts, stress sincerity, abide by order, consciously study the law, respect the law, abide by the law and use the law, and build a firm protective rule of law screen for cybersecurity.
Fourth, they must have the skills to protect themselves. Internet is a “double-edged sword”, they must, at the same time as enjoying the convenience that the Internet brings, simultaneously grasp corresponding cybersecurity protection skills, be able to see pitfalls, be able to ward off underhanded attacks, and be able to plug loopholes, they must not lightly download software of unclear origins, they must not carelessly retweet harmful information, they must pay attention to protecting personal accounts and passwords, timely update application and software patches, change unhealthy surfing habits, and give online unlawful elements no chance to take advantage.
To foster good netizens with the “Four Haves”, the focus must be on work in four areas:
First, we must start from education. We must establish and complete education and propaganda systems concerning cybersecurity for all of society, stimulate cybersecurity propaganda and education to become mechanized, regularized and long-termized. We must strengthen propaganda and dissemination, and shape a fine atmosphere in all of society in which everyone takes cybersecurity seriously and everyone participates in cybersecurity; strengthen education and training, broadly utilize all kinds of education and training bodies to impart cybersecurity knowledge; we must strengthen practical training, and let the broad netizens strengthen their cybersecurity knowledge and raise their cybersecurity skills through interaction and experience.
Second, we must start with children. We must promote cybersecurity knowledge entering into schoolyards, classrooms, textbooks and minds, launch taught courses, skills training, security competitions and public good activities to ensure that children study security, know security and understand security from an early age, and cultivate good habits of online behaviour. We must launch special campaigns to “protect seedlings”, “clean the Web”, etc., to eradicate obscenity and sex, violence, terror and other such harmful information, and create a clean and healthy cyberspace for children to grow up in.
Third, we must start from ourselves. Cybersecurity affects everyone, and everyone has responsibilities in safeguarding cybersecurity. We must strengthen netizens’ sense that they are the leading protagonists, guide netizens to start with small matters in their immediate environment, and with bits and bobs in their lives, and conform to the demands of cybersecurity with every online word and deed. At the same time as safeguarding cybersecurity themselves, they must also spur their family members, colleagues and fiends to jointly safeguard cybersecurity in their immediate surroundings.
Fourth, all of society must participate. Safeguarding cybersecurity is a common responsibility of all of society, and it is necessary to broadly mobilize forces from all sides to participate jointly. All levels’ Party Committees and governments must perfect policies, complete legal structures, strengthen law enforcement and attack crime, in order to promote the legalization of cyberspace; Internet enterprises must realistically bear social responsibilities, protect users’ privacy, guarantee data security and safeguard netizens’ rights and interests; Internet social organizations must strengthen sectoral self-discipline, promote the construction of an online honesty system, and powerfully punish unlawful and trust-breaking acts online; expert scholars, new media representatives and online employees must play a positive role and realistically create strong joint forces with all of society in order to safeguard cybersecurity together.
Comrades, students, friends:
The future of the country lies in its youth, the future of the Internet lies also in its youth. Whatever youth there is, whatever network there will be; whatever youth there is, whatever future there will be. Let us jointly take up the task, love youth, serve youth, guide youth, foster and bring up a new generation of “good Chinese netizens”, and look forward and create an ever more beautiful future for cyberspace!
Thank you, everyone!