The WannaCry ransomware attack has been the largest attack to strike the internet in history and dozens of cases were reported in Hong Kong. Lately the mutant malware has continued to spell troubles worldwide. I held an urgent press conference with the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team and other security experts to remind people to take precautions against this series of cyber-attack that is, to CHECK, DISCONNECT, BACKUP and UPDATE. [HKCERT reminder]
Government consulting on junk calls
I have been urging the government the step up its regulation to ban cold-calls that cause nuisance to the public. Last week, the government has finally launched a consultation on person-to-person telemarketing calls. Yet among the three options proposed, only the establishment of a statutory Do-not-call Register may amount to some positive effects. I urge the government to also pursue imposing criminal liability towards the beneficiary of cold-calls, and make identifiable phone number prefixes mandatory for the use of cold-calls.
Public Records Bill as Private Members' Bill
At the screening event of the documentary “Vanished Archives” on 2 May, Hon Tanya Chan, Hon Dennis Kwok and myself announced our collaboration with the Archives Action Group seeking to table the Public Records Bill as a Member’s Bill. This is the first attempt by LegCo members to submit a Bill mandating government and public institutions to be accountable for maintaining proper public records.
Local entrepreneur sharing at the latest i-Tea gathering
We were grateful to have Mr Ed Tam, founder of an online platform for people seeking professional services to share with us his story on Tuesday night at our regular i-Tea gathering. It was with the thought of making people easier to contribute their skills and knowledge in solving daily problems that he founded his business. I thank all the participants and I look forward to meeting more IT friends next time!
Digital transformation of the government
E-government services have long been criticised by the public for failing to be user-friendly and addressing citizens’ real needs, and this has in turn stalled the development of Smart City for Hong Kong. The new government must undertake reform in how public services can be better delivered and undergo digital transformation to improve citizens’ experience.