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Comprehensive open data policies should be implemented by HKSAR

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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By Matthew Chan January 22, 2019


Open data is the emerged policy of governments in the advanced countries, the government should follow this essential trend as soon as possible, a media professor says.

“I don’t think right now the government know how to use the data,” said Fu King-wa, associate professor of Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), the University of Hong Kong.

Fu said the government “gets hold of a lot data”, however many of them are not accessible by the public.

He suggested the government should open their data to citizens and allow organizations to use.

“For example, the transportation information at present is not publicly accessible, but if the data could be presented in an API (application programming interface), it is a whole new era,” said Fu.

He said the government remains conservative regarding comprehensive open data policies; despite they set up The Code on Access to Information, they could refuse to provide the requested information based on the frequently used “third party information” reason.

Besides, Fu said he was shocked by the “interesting” results of WeChatscrope, the JMSC’s research using big data to make censored articles of WeChat’s public accounts accessible online.

Fu said WeChat’s government content consumed the highest removed ratio in the study, which means the government censored their own sources.

“It doesn’t make sense, we have never thought about it,” said Fu.

He further explained that the study findings show the peak removal ratio happened during the two National People’s Congress (NPC) meetings in March last year, while President Xi announced China’s removal of the two-term limit on the presidency.

He said that this implies China’s censorship for maintaining regime stability, therefore many articles are removed under no violation of regulations but their sensitive content about the regime.

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