Develop a “Multi-core” Economy – ICT Powers Hong Kong
- Diversify Hong Kong’s economy, away from an over-dependence on the financial services sector, by fully embracing an innovation knowledge-based economy, and develop industry policies for technology and creative industries.
- Establish a policy bureau for technology and innovation, with multi-stakeholders participation in its policy formation, resource allocation and operation, and possessing cross-bureau policy influence, to effectively coordinate Hong Kong’s overall policies for the creative, technology and innovation industry.
- Make Hong Kong the preferred regional hub of ICT – from datacenter and cloud computing to content and applications – by implementing supportive policies for professional manpower development, business incentives, and attracting strategic entities to move to and invest in Hong Kong to take advantage of our unique position in the Asia and China markets.
- Conduct a continuous campaign to escalate the level of recognition for ICT in Hong Kong, to improve the image of “ICT – Made in Hong Kong.”
- Ensure an open, fair and adaptive communications regulatory environment – including both telecommunications and broadcasting – to encourage fast deployment of new technologies and ensure fair and open competition between all telecommunications and broadcast service providers.
- Maintain stable land and housing supply and implement decisive measures to deter excessive speculation.
- Enact, and continually review and refine competition law and trade practice legislation to ensure an free market economy with effective consumer protection.
Democracy and Better Governance For a More Livable Hong Kong
- Actualize genuine universal suffrage on a one-person-one-vote basis, without any unreasonable barriers to nominating candidates for Chief Executive in 2017, and the removal of the all functional constituency seats in the Legislative Council in 2016, and all appointed seats in District Councils, immediately.
- Citizens should not be deprived of the right to run for any vacant seats or vote for candidates in by-elections of the Legislative Council.
- Article 23 of the Basic Law should not be legislated until full universal suffrage, to ensure a true and fully accountable public mandate.
- Develop e-government initiatives to facilitate civic engagement and participatory democracy, and allow and respond to e-petitions in the Government’s ‘one-stop’ portal.
- Safeguard freedom of speech, expression and information flow.
- Enact Government Archive Law to ensure proper record- keeping and management, and citizens’ rights to access government records.
- Improve air quality by adopting international standards in air quality management, and provide subsidies and tax deduction for environmental technologies, including, for example, consumer purchase of electric or hybrid cars.
- Enhance access to healthcare for the middle class as well as the poor, against the risk of excessive financial burden due to long-term illnesses, by properly balancing the public and private healthcare systems.
- Acknowledge the deteriorating problem of poverty in Hong Kong, and the vanishing of upward mobility for our next generation, and make it a policy priority to achieve fairness in sharing economic prosperity.
Create the Environment for Our Next-Generation Innovators and Entrepreneurs
- Provide more effective early-stage seed investment funding for startups via government matching funds, and other measures to encourage the development of a more mature and supportive local angel and venture capital investment community.
- Expand the incubation programmes in Cyberport and Hong Kong Science Park to include bootcamp training and exchange opportunities with key entrepreneurial and innovative hubs such as Silicon Valley and Beijing
- Adopt a progressive intellectual property regime that recognizes technological changes and new behavioural trends of users, and balances the need to protect copyright with allowing any creators to freely create, recreate and share their works.
- Support Creative Commons and lead by example by more Government adoption.
- Promote the development of open data repository, and open more government data and encourage developers and indeed all citizens to freely utilize these data for public good.
- Encourage the collaborative creation of e-learning content by teachers, publishers and other stakeholders, and make better use of the resources allocated via various funding programmes to create a sustainable e-learning industry chain which is fair and beneficial to ICT developers, publishers, teachers, schools, and most of all, the students.
- Rationalize the Internet Learning Support Programme to achieve 100% adoption for network access among children of all means and backgrounds, and explore the potentials to expand the programme to other disadvantaged groups, such as children with learning disabilities.
- Develop industry support policies with established targets to make Hong Kong a leader in these important areas of new opportunities: cloud computing, eHealth, IPv6, green ICT and ICT for arts and culture, etc.
Build Our Knowledge Society through Education and Research
- Provide 15 years kindergarten, primary and secondary education to all citizens.
- Promote small-class teaching to improve teaching-learning experience.
- For tertiary education, diversify HK’s economy by reinforcing the existing ICT programmes, and develop new programmes to support new emerging fields such as creative industries, health and medical industries, and information security.
- Develop HK into an e-education hub and deploy e-learning platforms to primary and secondary education, assist local industry to develop e-learning materials, and encourage e-publishing.
- Promote lifelong education by expanding the scope of the Continue Education Fund (CEF).
- Revive the SME Training Fund to encourage SMEs to upgrade the quality of their work-force through continuous training.
- Facilitate university-industry as well as cross-industry collaborations to bridge R&D and applications, with appropriate incentives for businesses.
- Promote and facilitate technology transfer from university to industry by establishing a one-stop database and a service platform to provide the industry with easy search and access to available research results, or expertise from local universities and R&D institutions.
- Encourage private sector R&D (especially by SMEs) through tax incentives, grants and subsidies, and by relaxing cumbersome administrative hurdles for small-sum R&D grants such as SERAP.
- Provide funding support to academics, R&D institutions and professional bodies for their participation in global standardization bodies.
- Review the policies and directions of the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), and streamline the operation and consolidate the support for the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI).
- Narrow the digital divide and adopt ICT to help minority groups such as the elderly, the hearing/visual impaired, and the intellectually disabled, particularly through collaboration with educational institution and through widespread training.
Build Hong Kong into a World-class Secure Information City
Hong Kong should position itself to be a world-class city in Information Security, where information interweaves with prosperous business activities, and with a diverse and colourful life without worrying about security attacks and data breaches.
Safeguard Freedom of Expression and Autonomy and Personal Data Privacy
- Safeguard net neutrality and freedom of expression in cyberspace, and firmly say “no” to any attempt at “Network Article 23”!
- Maintain autonomy and self-regulation on Internet governance.
- Extend Hong Kong’s participation and influence in international Internet governance policy formation.
- Adopt the “personal dignity approach” in personal data privacy legislation similar to the European Union.
- Mandate notifications to victims of data leakage incidents and penalize transfer and sale of customers’ personal data for profit.
- Promote more personal data privacy awareness and of the law.
Safeguarding Information Security and Resilience
- Establish Hong Kong as a “World Class Secure Information City.”
- Establish the position of “Government Chief Information Security Officer” to establish and implement information security strategies for the Government as well as Hong Kong overall.
- Review the latest security risks in financial industries and critical infrastructure, and formulate policies and mitigation measures.
- Increase funding and support for combating cyber crimes with local and international collaboration.
- Promote adoption of international standards for information security management in government and enterprises.
- Advocate and promote independence and authority of professional advice on information security.
- Promote more security awareness on the use of emerging technologies like cloud computing, mobile technologies and social networks, and on the adoption of security technologies like DNSSEC.