The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) report stated that the image of China’s digital power is greatly exaggerated, and in many ways China is giving way to the United States on the Internet.
IISS analysts compiled a country ranking that assesses their “digital capabilities”. They considered the strength of their digital economies and the health of the cybersecurity sector. In their analysis, it was found that the United States is the country with the highest level of digital power. China, Russia, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, France and Israel came second. The third level includes: India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, North Korea, Iran and Vietnam.
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Why is China only ranked second in digital power? Experts from the International Institute for Strategic Studies believe that the media has focused too much on China’s success in building a digital economy in recent years and on cyber attacks by Chinese hackers. However, they have not paid enough attention to the weaknesses of China’s infrastructure. According to IISS, China mainly focuses on monitoring content on the Internet and neglects Internet security itself. Chinese digital intelligence analysis is less mature than the so-called Five Eyes Alliance (USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), because it is based on ideology and increasingly linked to the goals of Communist Party leaders – says Greg Austin, an expert at the International Institute for Studies The strategy.
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IISS analysts estimate that, at least until 2030, the United States will remain the dominant power on the Internet, and China will not be able to bridge the digital capabilities gap by then. They also noted that smaller economies such as Israel and Australia have been able to build their strength in cyberspace in recent years, while countries such as Japan have neglected the issue.
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