July 9, 2013

Reporting format by OpenNet Initiative

The OpenNet Initiative has proposed a basic format for recording, tracking and sharing of information about the requests Internet organizations receive for content removal or user account details. While the HK […]
July 6, 2013

The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association

The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) has as its mission to discuss issues, promote development and promulgate policy that affects Internet usage, and to establish a code […]
June 10, 2013

Copyright Ordinance (Cap 528)

Summary: "An Ordinance to make provisions in respect of copyright and related rights and for connected purposes."
June 10, 2013

Government refusal to disclose the names of companies contacted

One major issue with the data released by the Hong Kong Government is that the data omit the names of the online service providers the requests were […]
June 8, 2013

Is Transparency enough?

Is the goal of making transparent all of the Government requests enough? The answer is most certainly no. Even with the limited dataset we do have, we can begin to see a picture where neither Government, nor some ISPs are willing to completely disclose the details of these requests. There may be cases where this is legally justifiable, but without full disclosure and a lot more effort on the part of the Government to help explain these requests, there is much to be concerned about.
June 4, 2013

ISP compliance with Hong Kong Government requests

This pie chart represents data released by the Hong Kong Government. It is important to note that the data are not complete. Data from the Inland Revenue Department has not indicated whether the 13 requests were refused or acceded to. Once we can get more accurate data, we will update the chart. Although there is nothing implicitly wrong with a high percentage of acceded requests, it is worthwhile asking why ISP's are releasing user data or removing content without court order, and without providing better public scrutiny of why and when they are doing so. The lack of information is an indicator of an opaque process in which the public is not yet included.