Smart Cities Are the Future – But What About Privacy?
Policy

Smart Cities Are the Future – But What About Privacy?

Privacy is paramount, yet Hong Kong isn’t acting fast enough to ensure privacy is prioritised as it turns into a smart city. From innovative environmental…

Digital transformation and financial hardship burden women entrepreneurs in a pandemic-ridden world
Business

Digital transformation and financial hardship burden women entrepreneurs in a pandemic-ridden world

Businesswomen in Hong Kong and around the world face greater challenges in the pandemic, a recent survey finds. Women entrepreneurs have been harder hit than…

Death by cyberattack should motivate Hong Kong hospitals to lock down on cybersecurity – they haven’t
Health

Death by cyberattack should motivate Hong Kong hospitals to lock down on cybersecurity – they haven’t

After a fatal incident caused by a ransomware attack, Hong Kong still isn’t taking cybersecurity seriously – even though life is on the line. The…

Policy Address delivery delayed, CE Lam hopes to “instil more confidence” in Hong Kong
Policy

Policy Address delivery delayed, CE Lam hopes to “instil more confidence” in Hong Kong

The reason cited for the delay is so that Hong Kong’s head can meet with Chinese officials this week to include their suggestions in the…

Retirement option in Mainland for Hong Kong people
Health

Retirement option in Mainland for Hong Kong people

Streamlining healthcare between Hong Kong and Mainland China is essential to encourage elderly Hongkongers to retire in the Greater Bay Area. Photo courtesy of PxHere. An…

Environmentalists unite around decarbonised economy as solution to HK’s economic woes
Energy & Environment

Environmentalists unite around decarbonised economy as solution to HK’s economic woes

Led by Civic Exchange, environmental groups suggest policy reform for climate-related issues. “Action on decarbonisation today will provide fresh employment and business activities that can…

Warning! Plastic waste is contaminating our food chain
Energy & Environment

Warning! Plastic waste is contaminating our food chain

Thanks to microplastics infiltrating the food chain, humans everywhere are now making plastic a regular part of their diet.

Are Hong Kong’s global talent pool and pipeline drying up?
Business

Are Hong Kong’s global talent pool and pipeline drying up?

A recent survey sheds some light on expectations and motivations across the community of global professionals since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Wiki.lkfa /…

HK$500 million City I&T Grand Challenge opens unlimited business opportunities in geospatial information
Opinion

HK$500 million City I&T Grand Challenge opens unlimited business opportunities in geospatial information

The city’s hackathon has yet to be rescheduled, holding Hong Kong back from making the most of the potential benefits spatial data could have for…

Starving and Struggling: Hong Kong musicians close to bowing out
Labour & Employment

Starving and Struggling: Hong Kong musicians close to bowing out

Months of protests followed by the COVID-19 pandemic have found musicians without steady work for almost a year. Chris B, of record label and promoter…

“Shameless and despicable” US sanctions imposed on Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other Hong Kong and Chinese officials
Diplomat

“Shameless and despicable” US sanctions imposed on Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other Hong Kong and Chinese officials

Making sense of the US sanctions placed on Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and other HK and Mainland Chinese officials. Photo courtesy of Wpcpey / CC…

Unlocking the value of artificial intelligence requires people’s trust
Op-ed

Unlocking the value of artificial intelligence requires people’s trust

The future may be AI, but ethical and privacy concerns could hinder Hong Kong from making the most of the technology. Advanced technology, such as…

Uber “pausing” preparations to move regional HQ to HK
Policy

Uber “pausing” preparations to move regional HQ to HK

Much like a lost game of chicken, Uber decides to bail out on its headquarter relocation hopes barely two months after the announcement of its…

Services, staff, standards: a glimpse of an NGO’s struggles when combating homelessness
Land & Housing

Services, staff, standards: a glimpse of an NGO’s struggles when combating homelessness

As Hong Kong has seen substantial and consistent growth in the number of street sleepers over the last decade, the government is urged to examine…

FDA statement on IQOS may prevent ban on alternative smoking products in Hong Kong
Health

FDA statement on IQOS may prevent ban on alternative smoking products in Hong Kong

The authorisation of IQOS to be marketed as generating fewer harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes has huge implications on the smoking scene in Hong Kong. …

Hong Kong’s local tourism to expand after 99.9 percent slump in visitor arrivals
Business

Hong Kong’s local tourism to expand after 99.9 percent slump in visitor arrivals

Transformations such as promoting local tourism and re-examining the industry’s possibilities could determine its survival. Photo: Hong Kong Film Awards Statue, Avenue of Stars, Hong…

Hong Kong governmental branches swayed by new orders established by the national security law: the National Security Law explained, Part III
HK-China Relations

Hong Kong governmental branches swayed by new orders established by the national security law: the National Security Law explained, Part III

Beijing’s national security law is game-changing for the Hong Kong executive body, judicial body, and the Police Force as specialised departments and new rules emerge….

Beijing’s special agency to handle security law’s enforcement and jurisdiction: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained, Part II
HK-China Relations

Beijing’s special agency to handle security law’s enforcement and jurisdiction: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained, Part II

The powerful Office for Safeguarding National Security can initiate investigations on national security offenses and request China’s judiciary to rule directly, completely circumventing Hong Kong’s…

Wide-reaching offences and life in prison: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained
HK-China Relations

Wide-reaching offences and life in prison: Hong Kong’s National Security Law explained

The controversial national security law in Hong Kong bears examination, beginning with the law’s offences and punishments. Parts two and three of this series are…

Future of InnoTech: Three-in-one listing of Science Park, Cyberport and ASTRI
Opinion

Future of InnoTech: Three-in-one listing of Science Park, Cyberport and ASTRI

The government has already invested more than HK$100 billion in fostering technology development since establishing the Innovation and Technology Bureau five years ago. What are…

Democratic Party fights for Hong Kong protesters to get status to flee to Britain
Diplomat

Democratic Party fights for Hong Kong protesters to get status to flee to Britain

The Democratic Party calls on Britain to fast track Hong Kong BN(O) holders’ citizenships and create sanctuary conditions for Hong Kong protesters who currently lack…

Workers and students to go to polls on city-wide strike action against Beijing’s national security law today
Democracy

Workers and students to go to polls on city-wide strike action against Beijing’s national security law today

The first-ever referendum will determine whether the city is ready to go on strike in opposition to the national security law that could undermine Hong…

Live performances back on track as social distance regulations loosen
Policy

Live performances back on track as social distance regulations loosen

Under new COVID-19 social gathering restrictions effective today, gatherings of up to 50 will be permitted and live performances can resume with 50 percent attendance….

Rescue startups: government adopts more local products and services
Op-ed

Rescue startups: government adopts more local products and services

Commercialising innovation and technology is a means of saving local startups, says Dr Winnie Tang, adjunct professor at the University of Hong Kong. Photo courtesy…

Uber campaigns for ridesharing regs; still mulls potential HQ in HK
Policy

Uber campaigns for ridesharing regs; still mulls potential HQ in HK

The lack of regulatory certainty weighs on Uber’s plan to move its regional headquarters to Hong Kong. It is targeting legislators to reduce that ambiguity….

Skepticism over Hong Kong’s National Security law: Can China prove the world wrong?
Op-ed

Skepticism over Hong Kong’s National Security law: Can China prove the world wrong?

If Beijing wants to prove that its new security law won’t impede on Hong Kong’s freedoms, its best chance to do so would be through…

Cancelled Black Lives Matter march goes ahead despite confusion
Democracy

Cancelled Black Lives Matter march goes ahead despite confusion

The Black Lives Matter march went ahead on Sunday, despite an official cancellation. Attendance included students, teachers and politicians including Long Hair and Avery Ng…

Understanding the National Security Law: A Brief History
Policy

Understanding the National Security Law: A Brief History

To grasp the significance of the forthcoming national security legislation, one must understand its evolution throughout the last few decades of Hong Kong’s history. Photo:…

Hong Kong to hold its first-ever poll on strike action against national security law
HK-China Relations

Hong Kong to hold its first-ever poll on strike action against national security law

Hong Kong trade unions hand the ballots over to its members to decide on strike action as the city’s autonomy and civil liberties may be…

Public lynching of George Floyd “hauntingly familiar”: activists call for Black Lives Matter action in Hong Kong
Democracy

Public lynching of George Floyd “hauntingly familiar”: activists call for Black Lives Matter action in Hong Kong

In light of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, Black Lives Matter advocates and organizations are bringing attention to police brutality…