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The ‘new ladder’ of tech regulation

Ross Storey | May 18, 2011
A key United Nations body has put world governments on notice about how crucial is information and communications technology (ICT), to every country’s economic, social and political growth.

So also gave notice of a new hosting infrastructure for e-government services.

“With its greener and more efficient equipment, the proposed new central hosting platform will be able to host 100 additional e-government services on top of the existing 118 ones,” he said.

Prior to his departure from the office in (month?), the then head of the OGCIO, Jeremy Godfrey, said a variety of cloud-based apps, for internal use by government departments, including collaboration, records management, human resources management, as well as “some [form of] procurement [processes] would be rolled out over the next two to three years.

Cloud provider
Godfrey said the OGCIO would position itself as a cloud service provider to other government departments, at a pace the departments would determine.

The Hong Kong government is also “exploring appropriate measures to facilitate the development of more high-end data centres in Hong Kong”.So told the Special Meeting of the Legislative Council Finance Committee: “We will set up a one-stop portal for releasing information on data centres, strengthen the promotion of optimal use of existing industrial buildings and industrial sites, and explore the feasibility of other facilitative measures including the allocation of sites suitable for development into high-end data centres.”

At the end of March, the HK government also launched an 18-month pilot scheme to make available geo-referenced public facilities data and real-time traffic data for free download and value-added re-use by the public. The relevant data are provided via a portal, entitled Data.One (
Traffic data
The geo-referenced public facilities data include names, addresses and co-ordinates of public facilities such as government offices, hospitals, schools, country parks as well as recreational, cultural and sports venues. It also includes real-time traffic data of the main roads include the average traffic. “We believe that public sector information is not only a valuable source of reference, but may also generate valuable applications,” said a spokesman for the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer.

“Facilitating value-added re-use of public sector information will be conducive to the development of Hong Kong as a knowledge-based economy. The data provided on Data. One are all downloadable and some are even in the XML format for convenient data transfer and processing by computers. The downloaded data can be used for academic researches or developing various innovative services or applications, such as mobile applications showing the road traffic situation.”

Measures to strengthen ICT’s role to help Malaysia achieve high income economy status were announced by Malaysia prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the 2011 budget.


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