9th HONG KONG INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM (HKIGF) – 數據與善的距離 Data for Good

Hong Kong Internet Governance Forum 香港互聯網管治論論 (HKIGF)
數據與善的距離 (Data for Good) —— 探索數據管治之道

三月份可以稱得上「開放數據月」呀!香港開放數據 2021 指數(HKODI) 會喺 3 月底發布;除此之外, 3 月 5 日係 Open Data Day ,3 月尾 Global Data Barometer 亦都會公布研究結果。想知道本地開放數據嘅發展,同埋香港喺國際指數上嘅排名,就萬勿錯過啦!

為左鋪墊三月底嘅香港開放數據指數發佈會,3 月 7日(一)嘅 HKIGF將會探討數據與「善」的距離,講講開放數據可以為社會創造啲咩正面影響。成日聽開放數據,咁其實開放咗啲數據對我哋有咩好處呢?

想知道香港開放數據嘅發展?民間可以點樣利用開放數據推動社會公共利益?香港可以點樣改善數據管治政策同提升數據素養(Data literacy)?開放數據又可以帶來啲咩商業同社會價值呢?立即登記今次嘅 HKIGF,聽聽專家點講,亦歡迎大家加入討論,一齊推動香港開放數據進展!

登記:https://forms.gle/YeaMNh2jDJuDthGm6

日期: 3 月 7 日 (星期一)
時間: 1900 – 2100 (HKT)
形式:線上研討會
地點:ZOOM 會議室 & ISOC HK Facebook 專頁直播 (https://www.facebook.com/ISOCHK/)
語言:廣東話
主持: Ben Cheng 鄭斌彬 (ISOC 董事)

講者:

  • 周穗斌 Benjamin Zhou (香港開放數據指數研究員)
  • 黃浩華 Wong Ho Wa(香港互聯網協會開放數據小組召集人)
  • 黃偉豪 Wilson Wong(香港中文大學數據科學及政策研究課程主任)
  • 黃岳永 Erwin Huang(香港科技大學副教授兼高級顧問(創業))

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[Members Only] NOTICE OF AGM 2021 AND ELECTION

Internet Society Hong Kong Chapter

FOR ISOC HK MEMBERS ONLY

NOTICE OF AGM 2021 AND ELECTION

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Internet Society Hong Kong Limited will be held on 30-Dec-2021 (Thursday).

The Election of the Board of Directors will be held in the AGM. Five seats of the Board will be opened for election, with four seats for the full member category and one seat for the general member category. For joining the election, please fill in the appropriate nomination form and submit the form on or before 23 Dec 2021.

Annual General Meeting 2021

Date:         30th December,-2021 (Thursday)

Time:         7:30pm – 8:30pm (please be punctual)

Venue:     Oursky, Room B, 10/F, Great Wall Building, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong (You may also choose to attend online with our meeting room link)

Participants:    Internet Society Hong Kong members only

Registration:     Please email your name to [email protected] with subject “Registration for AGM 2021” 

Agenda of Meeting

  1. Confirmation of Agenda
  2. Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meeting:2020 AGM Minutes_final.pdf
  3. Confirmation of Business Report
  4. Confirmation of Financial Report
  5. Election of Board of Directors
  6. Amendments to Articles of Association
  7. Appointment of Auditor
  8. AOB

Documents

The financial report  is password protected. Please reach out to [email protected] for password.

Financial report:

Financial Statements 2021-protected.pdf

Nomination forms for Full Member:

Nomination_form.full_member.2021.pdf

Nomination forms for General Member:

Nomination_form.gen_member.2021.pdf

Members can also participate through signing the proxy form: 

2021 AGM Proxy Form Letter.pdf

Election Committee

An Election Committee was appointed on 6th December, 2021. The members are Jacky Ng, Wo Sang Yeung, Tony Sung and SC Leung.

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[Hiring!] Developer (Part-time)

Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK)Job Vacancy

Job Title: Developer (Part-Time)

Background:

ISOC HK believes data will contribute to social good, and opening up public datasets is the fundamental first step. In 2020, ISOC HK launched the Hong Kong Open Data Index, the first evidence-based research on Open Data advocacy. It identified both technical flaws in data publication and disadvantages in open data governance of Hong Kong. The dated websites of district councils have immense potential to improve in terms of data openness. Hence, ISOC plans to develop a typical use case to demonstrate to the public and government on how an ideal Open Data system should be designed and operated.

Job Description:

ISOC invites applications for the position- Developer who shall be responsible for transforming the data in one of the District Councils’ website from non-structured format to an open data format; ensuring the accuracy of the data transformed and developing an use case; and contributing to maintaining other datasets for the Hong Kong Open Data Index. 

Requirement:

  1. Technical background with experience to convert unstructured data to structured data, such as pdf tables to CSV
  2. Able to perform data integrity check and data cleansing
  3. Proficiency knowledge of designing specification for common open data format, including but not limited to JSON, XML, RESTful API
  4. Understanding on government open data is an advantage

Salary: Piece rate (depending on the volume and complexity of the data)

Duration: Estimated 10-20 hours per week, 3 – 6 months depending on the progress

Location and working mode: Remote and flexible schedule

Please send your CV to [email protected] before 30 Sep 2021.

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8th HONG KONG INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM (HKIGF) – Fake News Law

Hong Kong Internet Governance Forum (HKIGF)
Fake news law: effective to combat disinformation online?
立法打擊假新聞,效用大唔大?


The HKSAR government is considering to implement “fake news” law to combat disinformation, especially on online media platforms and social media, due to the appearance of a considerable amount of misinformation and disinformation online. However, some voiced out it might undermine freedom of speech, freedom of press and free flow of information online. Is legislation an effective way to combat “fake news” online? What impact will it cause to the media and online community? What can we learn from “fake news” law in other countries?

Register HERE: https://forms.gle/keE37ytxYqoax2AZ6

Date: 15th Sep, 2021 (WED)
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 HKT (11:00 – 13:00 UTC)
Venue: Zoom meeting room (the link will be sent to your email address) & ISOC HK Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ISOCHK/)
Language: English
Moderator: Edmon Chung – Board of Director, ISOC HK

Speakers:

  • Mr. Benjamin Ang – Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Mr. Ronson Chan 陳朗昇 – Chairperson, The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA)
  • Mr. Raymond Li 李文 – Director, Institute for Journalism and Society (IJS), Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
  • Mr. Charles Mok 莫乃光 – Director, Tech for Good Asia

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Internet Society Hong Kong’s concerns over the Anti-doxxing bill

The HKSAR government gazetted amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO) against doxxing (anti-doxxing bill) on 16th June, 2021, and the first reading and debate took place in legislature on 21st July, 2021 (Wednesday). Internet Society Hong Kong is concerned over the new anti-doxxing bill, while we acknowledge the importance of protecting citizens’ privacy, yet the newly proposed bill is authorizing Privacy Commissioner excessive power. We are worried that the bill will cause damage to the free flow of information in Hong Kong and go against the principles of open and unrestricted Internet promoted around the globe. 

  1. Excessive Power to the Privacy Commissioner

We believed that the amendments would give excessive and disproportionate power to the Privacy Commissioner. Anti-doxxing bills overseas in general only deal with those who disclose information and have caused substantial harm to the victims. However, the amendments proposed by HKSAR government grant Privacy Commissioner power to request any third party, including online platforms, search engines and Internet service providers (ISP) to shut down websites in question, provide assistance to investigation, or potentially demanded to “decrypt” information by to monitor and access website traffic. 

In practice, the amendments let the Privacy Commissioner conduct a search and decrypt anyone’s electronic devices without a court warrant for cases of suspected contravention of the bill. This would effectively empower Privacy Commissioners to conduct criminal investigations and request third parties to comply. This excessive power is unprecedented and also unheard of in other countries. 

  1. Vague definition & grey areas in the bill

The law amendments are vague and consist of undefined grey areas, which could easily be abused as “speech crime”. The definition on personal data remains the same in the amended bill, however, doxxing acts which cause “psychological harm” and are “being reckless as to whether the data subject or any immediate family member would be threatened, intimidated or harassed” are regarded as an offence according to the amendments. This definition of doxxing is too vague and subjective, which might lead to “speech incrimination”. ISOC HK worries that the bill could easily be abused and lead to revenge-style prosecutions to crush whistle-blowers and disclosure of materials that are of public interest to know.

  1. Limit Information freedom and affect Hong Kong’s role as Internet hub

ISOC HK concerns that by granting Privacy Commissioner power to shut down websites and criminal investigation, on top of the vagueness of the bill, it can easily be abused and become a means to crush dissent and pre-empt whistle-blowers, causing a negative impact on the free flow of information. As mentioned above, the Privacy Commissioner is given excessive power, for instance, online platforms, search engines, and network service providers can be asked to shut down websites, breaking the principle that Internet providers are not responsible for the content transmitted, and transferring legal risks to third parties that have nothing to do with the leakage of personal data. Online platforms and service providers, due to technical limitations, might be forced to close down other related or even unrelated websites in one go, causing inaccessibility to other legitimate services. In addition, the amendments would undermine Hong Kong’s role as an Internet hub in the long run. Since the Privacy Commissioner has the right to search and decrypt any relevant person’s electronic device “under reasonable suspicion” without a court warrant, it would weaken the technology companies’ confidence to invest and set up business in Hong Kong. Foreign companies might not regard Hong Kong as a network hub or a preferred choice for cloud their services.

ISOC HK believes that while the current amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance solely deals with doxxing acts, the amendments neglected personal data protection in other important areas, such as large-scale leakage of personal data by enterprises and government bodies.. To ensure privacy protection, the government should strengthen regulation of personal data within enterprises and government bodies by making reference to the practice of foreign countries, such as mandatory disclosure of data breach incidents and formulate penalties against the offending organisation and compensate affected personnels, or having the negligence management criminally liable. On the contrary, solely targeting doxxing acts and unproportionately increasing Privacy Commissioner’s power would only limit free flow of Information in Hong Kong, affect the city’s role as Internet hub and make the society question that the authorities are only ​​persecuting “speech crime” through law amendments.

20th July, 2021
Internet Society Hong Kong

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