Hong Kong Transparency Report's Benjamin Zhou contributed the voice column on Hong Kong Free Press, analysing the statistics of the HK government's user data and content removal requests to ICT companies in 2016, which was released early this month. Despite the declining number of requests in the past three years, the article argues that the government should make transparent the mechanism for handling such requests as a response to the concern about the protection of privacy and freedom of expression in cyberspace.
Our research found that newly elected localist legislative council members took a savvy approach by campaigning through social media during the 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council Election in September.
The resignation of pan-democratic lawmakers Ronny Tong Ka-wah last June has sparked stirred up the call for centrism in Hong Kong, where legislators are traditionally separated into either pro-establishment or pan-democracy group. After an analysis of voting records, however, a group of lawmakers stand out they have voted to some extent differently from their political allies.