Since 2007, I have taken the initiative to urge the Government to relax its land use policy in the Science Park and industrial estates. Today, the Government has acknowledged that datacenters are a crucial part of our ICT advantages that will attract more international investment in Hong Kong.
Copyright Amendment Ordinance:
Since 2006, I have been keenly involved in the consultation for copyright amendments, and successfully urged the Government to adopt “media shifting.” This year, I have successfully obtained the copyright industry’s consent for exemption of criminal liability for parody on copyrighted works, in an attempt to pass the amendments as soon as possible.
Defending Internet Freedom:
When the Government conducted the consultation on the Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance in 2008, and considered proposing mandatory filtering for ISPs, I contacted overseas industry players to confirm that such measures were indeed not in place in other countries such as Australia, hence forcing the Government to withdraw such proposals when the result of the consultation was released.
Promoting New Technology Standards:
As the leader of the Internet Society Hong Kong, I actively promoted the awareness for IPv6, and helped conduct trainings for hundreds of network professionals in the last five years. Since last year, we also provided courses with certification, to prepare for the opportunities brought to Hong Kong by these next-generation Internet standards.
E-government Research Report:
Since 2008, The Professional Commons has produced many research reports, with many proposals including personal electronic accounts, open government data as well as datacenter development being adopted as crucial part of the Government’s ICT policy.
Fostering Cloud Computing Development:
An active participant in cloud computing development in Hong Kong Mainland China, I helped to connect the cloud computing communities in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, facilitating exchanges and creating new opportunities, establishing Hong Kong’s positioning in cloud computing for China and Asia.
I helped organize the first Asian Pacific Regional Internet Governance (APrIGF) Forum and APRICOT-APAN in 2010 and 2011 respectively, participated in global platforms such as Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and ICANN, and was elected as the chair of ICANN’s APRALO.
Using ICT for the development of democracy:
In January this year, I have been co-ordinating the electronic voting system for the primary election of the pan-democrats, and assist in the handling of the security incidents concerning the 3.23 civil referendum, to gain valuable experience for ICT in terms of the acquisition of public opinion and to improve voting arrangements. In December last year, IT Voice hosted the only open forum on ICT policies, with the participation of all the candidates of the Chief Executive election.
For the first time, I helped bring together the pro-establishment and pan-democratic camps to organize a forum for the Chief Executive candidates on March 19 2012, with The Professional Commons providing support for the event, to bring the candidates’ debate to millions of viewers in Hong Kong.
Fairness in Election:
I filed an election petition in order to clarify the legal interpretation for election expenses, so that the public can see clearly the loophole in current laws that allows candidates with means to bypass spending caps. In 2010, I also won in the Court of Final Appeals, overturning existing law restricting appeals on election petitions, successfully causing the government to change the law subsequently.