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Council question: Privacy issues related to virus testing

2020-05-27

Following is a question by the Hon Charles Mok and a written reply by the Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, in the Legislative Council today (May 27):

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To tackle the coronavirus disease 2019 epidemic, the Department of Health (DH) has collected hundreds of thousands of deep throat sal…

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Council question: The reusable CuMask+

2020-05-20

Following is a question by the Hon Charles Mok and a written reply by the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Alfred Sit, in the Legislative Council today (May 20):

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In February this year, the Innovation and Technology Bureau was allocated $800 million under the Anti-epidemic Fund to subsidise th…

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Letter to Hong Kong: Stand with RTHK

2020-05-17

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To the people of Radio Television Hong Kong, from past to present, both Chinese and English, on radio or television and of course the new media of the Internet and mobile, this is a letter to thank you all — to those I have the good fortune to have met or worked with as well as others I have not —…

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Delivery of CuMasks prompted transparency problems (Column on HKEJ, Chinese version only)

2020-05-12

創科局本月5日宣布免費向全港700多萬市民派發口罩,包括一個可用60次的「銅芯抗疫口罩(CuMask)」。由於局方未有第一時間披露生產商和口罩物料供應商等資料,演變成一場「擠牙膏」風波,處理手法更可能令公眾對本地研發應用產生負面觀感。

政府決策過程欠透明

銅芯口罩的專利設計由香港紡織及成衣研發中心開發,獲得創新及科技基金資助,在2018年曾獲得日內瓦國際發明展金獎。本地研發成果能夠投產幫助市民抗疫,本身是一件好事。然而,這款可重用口罩每個成本40多元,以派發約800萬個口罩計算,涉及款項超過3億元。發布資訊的混亂令人感覺如黑箱作業,引來「利益輸送」、「造假」等質疑,顯示政府必須更公開透明才能獲得市民信任。…

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Enhancing transparency for the D-Biz Programme (Column on HKEJ, Chinese version only)

2020-05-04

政府在第二輪防疫抗疫基金下推出5億元的「遙距營商計劃」(D-Biz),支援企業在疫情期間繼續營運和提供服務,並資助企業採用資訊科技方案開拓遙距業務,令IT界和市場企業期待已久,期望能帶動市場上對IT服務的需求,成為供應商和客戶的及時雨。

相對於以往科技券計劃的配對資助形式,今次D-Biz計劃以快速批核方式加上百分百比例資助申請項目,每個項目最多資助10萬元,每間企業最多可獲30萬元資助。龐大商機在前,網上湧現部分供應商和中介公司的廣告招徠。這幾個星期筆者收到大量業界人士關注計劃的推行是否公平和透明,所有供應商是否同一起跑線競爭?政府和推行計劃的生產力促進局宜格外留意。

「遙距營商計劃」今天起開始正式接受資…

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