The China Startup Pulse

How China Regulates Internet Economy and New Technologies with Sam Cai, Internet Legal and Policy Expert

Episode Summary

Cyberspace has been regulated rapidly everywhere. China is constantly used as a reference. How does China create its Cyberlaw regulatory framework? Are these regulations conservative or forward-looking? Are regulations promoting or slowing down Innovation? Today’s guest Sam Cai is a legal and policy expert in Internet-related legislation, intellectual property rights and WTO rules, involved in different Chinese and international institutions. Currently he acts as Deputy Director and Chief Researcher of Cyberlaw Center at one of the largest tech companies in China. Sam gave us a big picture of China’s Internet regulations by digging deep into the approaches, limits, and opportunities. The reality is that a lot of International people still believed that a "Chinese partner" is necessary to run business in China while Sam shared that “they are just not aware of the open opportunities”. He also clarified the differences for foreigners and local players from the policy perspective. In the end, he explained the transition from the “Internet +” to the new Internet government plan “New Infrastructure”.

Episode Notes

Today’s guest Sam Cai is a legal and policy expert in Internet-related legislation, intellectual property rights and WTO rules, involved in different Chinese and international institutions. Currently he acts as Deputy Director and Chief Researcher of Cyberlaw Center at one of the largest tech companies in China.

Episodes Notes:

02:00 Introduce Sam Cai

02:45 What is Prism Think Tank

03:20 How China Internet regulations have evolved

04:53 Three approaches to regulate new technologies

08:02 Why China takes a relatively open approach for new things

09:47 What is “Internet +”

12:00 Are regulations different for foreigners and local players

13:30 Regulated cases in e-commerce

15:30 Legal and policy issues around data privacy and Artificial Intelligence

19:04 GDPR’s impact on the industry globally

23:15 Opportunities for foreign companies

24:35 The game app Plague Inc was forbidden during COVID19

26:30 A license-based regulation model

29:10 Future regulations and policies in Europe, the US and China

20:15 New government plan in China - “New Infrastructure”

31:00 The role of regulations in the internationalization of Chinese companies

31:56 Suggestions for foreign companies coming to China

34:34 How to contact Sam

Many thanks to our guest Sam Cai; host Oscar Ramos; producer Eva Shi; editors David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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