Notice on Launching the Clear 2022 Special Action on the Comprehensive Governance of Algorithms

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Notice on Launching the Clear 2022 Special Action on the Comprehensive Governance of Algorithms

To all provincial, autonomous region, or directly governed municipality Party Committee Internet information offices, and the Party Committee internet information office of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps:

The Central Internet Information Office is taking the lead in carrying out the "Clear 2022 Special Action on Comprehensive Governance of Algorithms" in order to strengthen the comprehensive governance of internet information service algorithms, to effectively promote the effective implementation of the Provisions on the Management of Algorithmic Recommendations in Internet Information Services (hereinafter "the Management Provisions", to carry forward the Core Socialist Values, to preserve national security and the societal public interest, to protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons, and unincorporated organizations, and to spur the healthy and orderly development of internet information services. Notice of related matters is hereby given as follows:

I. Work Goals

Focus on netizens' concerns, resolve challenges in algorithms, preserve netizens' lawful rights and interests, implement the Management Provisions, thoroughly look into and correct security issues in internet enterprise platform algorithms, assess the capacity for algorithm security; emphasize inspections of large-scale websites, platforms, and products that have larger public opinion properties or capacity for social mobilization; urge enterprises to use algorithms to increase the transmission of positive energy, to handle illegal and negative information, to correct the disorder of algorithm abuse, to actively carry out the filing of algorithms, to promote the normalization and regulation of the comprehensive governance of algorithms, and to create and a clean and positive cyberspace environment. .

II. Main tasks

The special action will be carried out from now until the beginning of December 2022, and it mainly includes the following five aspects.

(1) Organizing self-examination and self-correction. Guide Internet enterprises in comprehensively cleaning up the use of algorithms with reference to the relevant requirements of the Management Provisions, conduct in-depth assessments of algorithm security capabilities, actively employ effective measures, rectify issues in the use of algorithms, eliminate latent risks in algorithm security, and safeguard the lawful rights and interests of netizens.

(2) Carrying out on-site inspections. The Central Internet Information Office is to take the lead in forming a joint inspection group in conjunction with relevant departments and local internet information departments to carry out on-site inspections of some Internet enterprises; and, in consideration of actual conditions, the local network information departments may carry out inspections on other enterprises in that region, focusing on checking enterprise algorithm compliance and algorithm security capabilities.

(3) Overseeing the filing of algorithms. Give publicity and explication to internet enterprises on the parts of the Management Provisions about the overall principles, scope, requirements to complete reports, and channels for consultation involved in filing internet information service algorithms, urge the enterprises to finish clearing up the use of algorithms as soon as possible, and promptly carry out reporting of algorithm filing information.

(4) Consolidating entity responsibility. Urge enterprises to allocate bodies and dedicated personnel for the governance of algorithm security corresponding to the scope of operations, establish and improve rules systems related to algorithm security, actively use algorithm services to transmit positive energy and address illegal or negative information, monitor the disorder of algorithm abuse, and prevent threats to algorithm security.

(5) Rectification of problems within time limits. Where inspections find problems such as incomplete measures, inadequate enforcement, or unsatisfactory results, give prompt feedback to the enterprises and urge them to make corrections within a set period of time; and where enterprises have violations of laws or regulations, they are to be strictly held accountable, punished, and ordered to make corrections on the basis of the Management Provisions.

III. Work Requirements

(1) Increase ideological awareness. Deeply recognize the importance and urgency of efforts to comprehensively govern internet information service algorithms, placing great emphasis on this special action, and including the comprehensive governance of algorithms in the schedule of key work.

(2) Strengthen organizational leadership. Closely cooperate, strictly follow the work allocations and arrangements, advance all tasks in an orderly manner, and urge and guide enterprise platforms in earnestly inspecting and correcting themselves, actively cooperating with inspections, and truly completing rectification.

(3) Highlight effective work. Thoroughly understand the relevant requirements of the Management Provisions, and where disorder in algorithms is discovered, find the crux of the problem, clarify the requirements for correcting it, and give punishments and dispositions in accordance with law, to ensure that the efficacy of the special action.

(4) Strictly observe work discipline. Strictly comply with the regulations related to epidemic prevention and control, regulate processes and operations, strengthen the awareness of security and confidentiality, persist in integrity [non-corruption] and discipline, and strengthen personnel management; the must be no leak of information, favoring of relatives and friends, or covert manipulation.

 

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