MIL-OSI China: Top internet sci-tech achievements recognized

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Source: China State Council Information Office 2

Executives and representatives of the 14 world’s leading internet scientific and technological achievements receive awards on stage at a ceremony held during the 2021 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 26, 2021. [Photo by Xu Xiaoxuan/China.org.cn]Fourteen of the world’s leading internet scientific and technological (S&T) achievements were unveiled and awarded on Sunday at the 2021 World Internet Conference (WIC) held in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang province. 

“The achievements have played an active and important role in advocating S&T innovation and stimulating cutting-edge S&T exploration,” said Wu Hequan, an academic with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese co-chair of the Recommendation Committee for World Leading Internet Scientific and Technological Achievements at the WIC.

The Committee featured Wan Gang, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee and president of the China Association for Science and Technology, as its honorary chairman, Wu as the Chinese co-chair and internet pioneer Werner Zorn as foreign co-chair.

Werner Zorn, a member of the Internet Hall of Fame and a founding father of the German Internet, highlighted the “flexibility and openness” of the Committee’s reviewing methods. The Committee invited a group of nearly 40 internet experts worldwide to select the 14 winners from over 300 achievements collected from China, the U.S., Russia, the U.K., Italy, Sweden, New Zealand and other countries.

The awards covered a range of fields including 5G, quantum computing, high-end chips, high-performance computers, operating systems, satellite services, the industrial Internet and intelligent manufacturing. The winners included Huawei’s HarmonyOS, 5G standalone (SA) networks and the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. 

Submissions were made by the China Satellite Navigation Office, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Huaiwei, China Mobile, China Telecom, Qualcomm and Ant Group.

As for the evaluation and release of the internet accomplishments, Werner suggested introducing an open design category which would enable cross development solutions. He also proposed the achievements and contact details of key staff members be made public to encourage collaboration.  

Themed “Towards a New Era of Digital Civilization ¬– Building a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace,” the three-day WIC features 20 sub-forums, a global internet competition, an internet expo, two report launches and other activities.

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