Tim Cook expresses need for humanity & privacy at state-run internet conference in China

Tim Cook helped kick off China’s World Internet Conference today, giving a keynote address centered around privacy, security, and humanity, according to Bloomberg. The World Internet Conference is spearheaded by the Cyberspace Administration of China and largely viewed as a way for the country to promote its version of a censored and controlled internet…

During his keynote address, Cook explained that Apple shares China’s vision of building an economy that benefits everyone, saying the company is proud of its work with many partners in China:

Cook went on to tout that Apple helps support over 5 million jobs in China, 1.8 million of which are local app developers.

The Apple CEO also touched on the need for humanity in an increasingly digital age. He said that he worries about people thinking like machines and the value of privacy and decency getting lost:

Technology of the future should have openness, creativity and safeguards to protect users while providing privacy and decency, he added.

Politburo member Wang Huning explained at the conference that China proposes a “controllable security” and building a new “new order.”

“What we propose is we should promote a controllable security and build a new order,” Wang said through a translator. “Cybersecurity is a serious challenge. Cyber crimes and cyber terrorism has grown more rampant. The world’s destiny has become more intertwined in cyberspace.”

Cooks appearance at the conference comes at a pivotal time for Apple in China, as we reported yesterday. Whether or not his ideas end up carrying any weight in the country, however, remain to be seen.

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