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…

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…

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…

Hong Kong’s COVID-19 relief measures may leave “little Fintech guys” behind
Finance & Budget

Hong Kong’s COVID-19 relief measures may leave “little Fintech guys” behind

Financial aid for the pandemic may not be providing help where it’s really needed for the IT sector, but direct funds are still crucial. Photo:…

HK Experts make top picks on tech policy in 2020
Policy

HK Experts make top picks on tech policy in 2020

Tech experts make their picks on what policies they want to see Hong Kong’s government address in 2020.

Blockchain may be a solution for two problems of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Finance & Budget

Blockchain may be a solution for two problems of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Blockchain has the potential to solve the problems of ticket scalping and cybersecurity for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo: Tokyo Tower Special Lightup <Invitation…

Crowdfunding to fight restriction of Internet, freedom of speech
Human Rights

Crowdfunding to fight restriction of Internet, freedom of speech

Pro-democracy advocates begin to crowdfund to fight current and future laws compromising Internet freedoms. Photo: University of Hong Kong (HKU) was left in shambles after…

Hong Kong’s Internet injunction “testing the waters” before jumping into harsher censorship
Policy

Hong Kong’s Internet injunction “testing the waters” before jumping into harsher censorship

Restrictions on Hong Kong’s internet use threaten the future of its web freedoms. Photo: An unlawful march assembled in Sogo at Causeway Bay on 2…

Cybersecurity not a priority in Hong Kong – but it should be
Policy

Cybersecurity not a priority in Hong Kong – but it should be

It’s time for the government to be more proactive on cybersecurity in Hong Kong, tech experts say. Photo: Network Box Security Operations Centre in Hong…

Extending the Great Firewall of China would “destroy” Hong Kong – but it can be done
Policy

Extending the Great Firewall of China would “destroy” Hong Kong – but it can be done

The suggestion of implementing restrictions to HK’s Internet has many up in arms – but how easily can it be pulled off? Photo: A landscape…

Prepaid card industry grows: Two More Hong Kong Firms Receive SVF Licenses From HKMA
Technology

Prepaid card industry grows: Two More Hong Kong Firms Receive SVF Licenses From HKMA

In an attempt to drive the city’s digital banking industry forward, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced earlier this month that it is issuing…

HK Regulates Crypto Mining, as China Considers Ban
Technology

HK Regulates Crypto Mining, as China Considers Ban

Hong Kong has moved to regulate cryptocurrency mining, the computing process that generates cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, with regulators attracted to the industry by the…

Opening the government’s data kimono
Technology

Opening the government’s data kimono

This year, the Hong Kong government plans to open up over 650 datasets to be released online for the public to use and view freely….

Another tech listing Bits the dust: Bitmain in Hong Kong
Technology

Another tech listing Bits the dust: Bitmain in Hong Kong

Despite its warm welcome to emerging and innovative firms such as pre-profit biotech companies, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) seems to be having second…

Big Data boffins betting on culture and a principled industry to elevate Hong Kong
Technology

Big Data boffins betting on culture and a principled industry to elevate Hong Kong

The Institute of Big Data Governance (IBDG), a non-profit platform, has been established this month in Hong Kong to promote better protection of big data,…

Hong Kong’s Security regulator to bring crypto into its regulatory reach
Technology

Hong Kong’s Security regulator to bring crypto into its regulatory reach

Last Thursday, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) said its regulatory net will extend to cryptocurrency. Industry insiders welcome the move but say its…

Regulators, industry and legislators welcome crypto exchange rules (but definitely not a ban)
Technology

Regulators, industry and legislators welcome crypto exchange rules (but definitely not a ban)

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) is considering regulating the trading platforms of cryptocurrency, rather than banning them. On Monday, the SFC’s outgoing chairman,…

Policy Address 2019: I&T, IT, R&D – More More MORE!
Technology

Policy Address 2019: I&T, IT, R&D – More More MORE!

As Hong Kong chief executive Ms Carrie Lam is scheduled to unveil the 2018-2019 Policy Address this Wednesday, different parties have now put forward suggestions…

Data privacy: Europe does a check up; Hong Kong just trusts
Technology

Data privacy: Europe does a check up; Hong Kong just trusts

Last month, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong said Facebook account holders in Hong Kong were not affected in…

Hong Kong’s new IPO listing rules working for innovation startups
Technology

Hong Kong’s new IPO listing rules working for innovation startups

IT, biotech, medtech, healthtech early stage companies find a new friendly listing platform in Asia. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) has recently reformed its…

Crypto exchanges flee from Asia amid regulatory uncertainties
Business

Crypto exchanges flee from Asia amid regulatory uncertainties

Scared away by regulatory clampdowns and uncertainty, cryptocurrency exchanges are fleeing Asia in general and Hong Kong in particular. At least three major exchanges, including…

Xiaomi IPO came sooner than planned amid reforms in listing regulations
Technology

Xiaomi IPO came sooner than planned amid reforms in listing regulations

Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi’s IPO apparently came sooner than previously expected, as the rather controversial major reforms in Hong Kong and China’s listing…

Funding alone is not enough to promote innovation and technology, says IT industry
Technology

Funding alone is not enough to promote innovation and technology, says IT industry

“We need a blueprint, not a short-term work plan,” said insiders from the IT industry in a seminar on Tuesday, held to discuss how funding…

Hong Kong regulator cautions on ICOs, halts Black Cell raise
Technology

Hong Kong regulator cautions on ICOs, halts Black Cell raise

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission has recently halted an initial coin offering (ICO) launched by Hong Kong-based Black Cell Technology Limited and ordered the issuer to refund its…

Grand vision for tech park on northern border but many doubt benefits
Policy

Grand vision for tech park on northern border but many doubt benefits

A funding of $800 million is needed for the early-stage development of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop,…

Digital-only-banks likely to have an impact, but not in the short term, experts said
Smart City

Digital-only-banks likely to have an impact, but not in the short term, experts said

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has issued an update on guidelines related to the authorization of virtual banks in Hong Kong and commenced a…

Citizens’ rights shortchanged in surveillance law amendment, says IT lawmaker
Technology

Citizens’ rights shortchanged in surveillance law amendment, says IT lawmaker

Charles Mok says an amendment to the decade-old Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance inadequately limits the government’s cyber-surveillance powers.

Multiple payment options for parking meters proposed
Technology

Multiple payment options for parking meters proposed

By late 2016, Visa, MasterCard and UnionPay users may be able to use their cards to pay for parking in some urban areas under a…

Transport Department forces Tesla to remove Calendar app
Policy

Transport Department forces Tesla to remove Calendar app

Transport Department believes Tesla’s popular app is a distraction for drivers, much to Tesla’s and some drivers’ dismay.