Hong Kong Transparency Report (HKTR) participated in the Citizen Lab Summer Institute from 6 to 8 July 2016. The 3-day programme, held annually at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, included a series of workshops on the intersection of information technology and human rights. HKTR proposed and hosted a workshop on government transparency reporting on 8 July.
The workshop, titled the Future of Government Transparency, was co-hosted by Jiwon Son from Korean Internet Transparency Report and Ho Ming Syuan from Taiwan Internet Transparency Report. Glacier Kwong from Hong Kong advocacy group Keyboard Frontline also joined the discussion. The participants discussed the challenges and opportunities for greater government transparency, in particular the governments’ disclosures of how they obtain citizens’ personal data and take down online information, and how to make progress for better transparency.
In addition to HKTR and Keyboard Frontline, another Hong Kong group Hong Kong In-media also joined the summer programme this year. Yu Yee-ting, an advocacy officer from In-media spoke at a panel on corporate and public transparency before more than 80 participants. Yu introduced the newly launched Access My Info Hong Kong app, a project aims to help citizens send requests to telecommunication service providers for their personal data. Over 400 Hong Kong people have used the app to send such requests since its debut in early May.
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