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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.
May 24, 2013

Data released by Hong Kong Government

The following was released by the Hong Kong Government on 6 February, 2013. It has been formatted into a spreadsheet based upon a structure outlined by the Open Net Initiative Government Request Schema.
May 8, 2013

The Stockholm Principles for governmental transparency reporting

The Stockholm principles were launched in Stockholm on April 19, 2012, by Joakim Jardenberg and several associates. The original report, launched in a beta format in […]
May 6, 2013

Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap 112)

The Inland Revenue Ordinance is often cited as a reason why certain information cannot be given to the public. There are strict guidelines in Part 1, Section 4 of the ordinance that guarantees secrecy.
May 6, 2013

Business Registration Ordinance (Cap 310)

The Business Registration Ordinance contains strict guidelines in Section 4 that guarantee secrecy, and this is often cited as a reason why certain information cannot be given to the public.
May 6, 2013

Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (Cap 390)

Hong Kong's obscenity law and its enforcement in recent years, complicated by the rising popularity of online content, have resulted in much controversy and public debate.