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Jack Ma's voice most sought-after: China Daily poll


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Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma attends the opening ceremony of the third World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, November 16, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

The third World Internet Conference is taking place in Wuzhen, an ancient water town in Zhejiang province, and will end today. More than 310 tech companies, including big-name enterprises such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are attending the summit.

China Daily launched an online vote called "whose voice do you want to hear most?" on Twitter-like microblogging service Sina Weibo.

At present, Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, tops the vote count. A total of 317 internet users, each of whom could have three choices at most, have voted so far. Jack Ma is ahead of the pack with 177 votes or 29.5 percent.

He is followed by founder and CEO of China's mobile company Xiaomi Lei Jun (113 votes or 18.9 percent) and Tencent chairman and chief executive officer Pony Ma Huateng (104 votes or 17.4 percent) at second and third positions respectively.

The counting of votes is still undergoing.

The conference, whose theme is "Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All – Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace", includes 16 forums covering 20 hot issues, such as internet economy, internet innovation, internet culture, governance in cyberspace and international cooperation on internet.

In another vote called "which topic are you interested most?" initiated by China Daily's official Weibo, the top three are artificial intelligence (25 percent), internet security (21.8 percent) and virtual reality (17.2 percent).

China has 710 million internet users as of June, accounting for 51.7 percent of its total population, exceeding the global average by 3.1 percent, according to a report released by the China Internet Network Information Center.