China to further enhance cyberspace legislation system: official

China will continue to establish an all-round cyber legislation system while promoting regulation, supervision and development of the internet, said Li Changxi, an official from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country's top internet regulator, on Thursday.

The CAC official said that it issued a notice on strengthening the governance of online violence last November, and the country has intercepted 28.75 million pieces of messages related to cyberbullying and punished 22,000 accounts of perpetrators.

According to a white paper,  titled "China's Law-Based Cyberspace Governance in the New Era" and released by China's State Council Information Office on the same day, the country has formed a cyber legislation framework with the Constitution as the foundation, supported by laws, administrative regulations, departmental rules, local regulations and local administrative rules.

It added that China has enacted five specialized laws on cyber security, e-commerce, data security, personal information, and anti-telecom fraud over the past 10 years.

Legislation work on promoting law-based cyberspace governance is important, said Li, adding that China will further improve cyber legislation regarding data, platforms and technology.

There is still a long way to go in combating cyberbullying because it's difficult to identify illegal acts and subjects, and it's not easy to collect illegal evidence, said Li Dongsheng, a deputy to the 14th National People's Congress and chairman of TCL Technology Group Corporation.

The Chinese electronics giant leader, who has put forward proposals to curb cyberbullying for three consecutive years, suggested that an anti-cyberbullying law should be issued as soon as possible, so as to define cyberbullying and provide specific legal provisions to judicial practice.

(With input from Xinhua; Cover via CFP)

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