Roundtable

Roundtable: Digital Infrastructure in Hong Kong

A conversation between practitioners, activists, and academics

This roundtable aims to shed light on the connection between digital infrastructure and the city of Hong Kong. Internet freedoms such as privacy and access to information are important for business and civil society alike in Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region of China. But are there different, contextual understandings of such legal and normative concepts and how do we probe their materializations? To what extent does infrastructure emerge in public discussion or remain unremarkable? Do technological developments exceed legal formulations and what kinds of situations—be they of freedom or vulnerability—stem from such regulatory shortfall or lag? Last, what possibilities do the panelists think exist to imagine, define, design and secure internet freedoms in Hong Kong?

Participants:

  • Glacier Kwong, spokesperson of Keyboard Frontline, member of Internet Society Hong Kong, writer at Hong Kong Free Press
  • Lokman Tsui, Assistant Professor in Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong, fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, former Google’s Head of Free Expression in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Pindar Wong, internet pioneer, co-­founder of the first licensed Internet Service Provider in Hong Kong, former Vice­Chairman of ICANN, former elected Trustee of the Internet Society.

 

Time: Dec 9, 12.00-1.15PM

Location: The Black Box Theater (LBY203), B.Y. LAM Building, Lingnan University

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