04 Aug 2016 HKTR joins regional internet governance forum in Taipei
Hong Kong Transparency Report spoke at a workshop at the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) on 27 July in Taipei. In the first workshop of the 3-day forum, HKTR’s Benjamin Zhou shared the key findings of the Hong Kong Transparency Report 2016, which is to be published in August.
Zhou said that between 2013 and 2015, the number of annual user data and content removal requests from the Hong Kong government decreased from 6,008 to 4,637. Seven international tech firms including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and Verizon accounted for 46% of user data requests from the Hong Kong government, and rejected 40% of them.
Zhou also shared his insights into the Code on Access to Information in Hong Kong and urged a legislation when he responded to a question from the audience.
The workshop was moderated by Eeling Chiu from Taiwan Association for Human Rights, joined by Ming-hsuan Ho from Taiwan Internet Transparency Report, Jiwon Sohn from Korea Internet Transparency Report and Clement Chen from the Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong.
Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) is a regional platform of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a United Nations initiative for the multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on internet governance. HKTR hosted a panel at APrIGF 2015 in Macau.