Protecting information said to be key to Hong Kong’s IT future

SINGAPORE – Protecting information and technology will be almost as important as infrastructure development when it comes to creating Hong Kong’s digital future, according to the president of the Hong Kong Society.

Sunny Lee expects protecting information and technology to generate intense discussion at the Hong Kong International Computer Conference 2008 (HKICC2008), which takes place here Sept. 25-26.

“While economic developments combined with technological breakthroughs offer new opportunities for Hong Kong’s digital future, the way people use technology as well as the steps that we take to safeguard it from malicious attack or accidental exposure, must be carefully considered,” Lee said.

He echoed the comments made earlier this month by Microsoft founder Bill Gates on the important role of information technology in forging the city’s digital future.

“When he visited Hong Kong recently, Mr. Gates said he believed the IT industry can work with the government on education, digital inclusion and the realization of Hong Kong’s desire to become a leading digital city,” said Lee.

“This upcoming conference will provide a forum for some of the industry’s most experienced and influential personalities to identify and discuss the key factors the SAR must address in order to succeed in the coming decades.”

While the conference will showcase successes and debate developments in keynote sessions and parallel tracks covering four broad areas — Future Lifestyle; Next Generation Communications; Technologies and Services; IT Applications for the Community — security will clearly be a key factor for speakers to address.

“While social networking is growing in popularity from day to day, the risks of putting personal information on a public forum are also being recognized.,” said Lee. International Social Networking: Problems, Solutions and Future will be addressed by Jeffrey NG, chief executive officer of Zorpia Company Ltd.

The impact of technology on data privacy will be the subject of a session led by Roderick WOO Bun, privacy commissioner for personal data in Hong Kong’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner. And there will also be a financial services and security session chaired by Dr. Patrick Chau, professor of information systems at University of Hong Kong’s school of business.

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