Data Management

NSA's information behemoth to swallow a library a minute

The US$1.7 billion facility that is being built by the NSA in Utah is based on four big halls filled with servers and cables plus a vast space for technical support and administration. Photo: AP

Deep in Mormon country, thousands of labourers have worked for two years to build a US$1.7 billion facility that will provide a new home for the NSA's exponentially expanding information store. Sited on an unused swath of a National Guard base, by September it will employ about 200 technicians, span 93,000 square metres and use 65 megawatts of power.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am

Siblings of Tom Lee music firm cry foul over digitised accounts

Thomas Lee Tse-ven. Photo: Dickson Lee

John Lee King-cheung and sister Susan Lee So-fong, directors of Tom Lee Music Company and five other family-run companies, asked the Court of First Instance yesterday to order younger brother Henry Lee King-shing and employee Katherine Ng Kit-yee to let them inspect the companies' accounts.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Keep data on national company registries open and searchable

The existing system for accessing and using Companies Registry data is not designed on open data principles that enable queries beyond simple company searches. Photo: Bloomberg

As one of the most efficient e-services provided by the Hong Kong government, the Companies Registry regularly receives awards and recognitions. The e-Registry service in particular is popular, with around 2 million website visits per year.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:51am

How information mining helps impose order on chaos, for a while

Information is power.

Travelling to Traverse City, Michigan, in cold, rainy October, serendipity struck in funny ways. In a bookshop, I picked up a 2010 book by the Serbian physicist Vlatko Vedral, Decoding Reality, which sees the world through the lens of quantum information.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am

Rethink copyright bill, say artists

Hong Kong's creative minds have joined forces to demand that the government rethink the controversial copyright amendment bill and listen to the needs of artists in drafting the law.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Copyright bill does not fit the digital age

The government's copyright amendment bill has been dubbed the Article 23 of the cyber world. It may just suffer the same fate as the original.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Asia waits to do the sums on US copyright ruling

A mathematics scholar from Thailand devised a textbook method of leveraging his Asian background into sizeable earnings, and the US Supreme Court agreed last week to decide whether his business plan is legal.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Musicians blast new copyright changes

Mainland musicians and music associations have criticised a draft amendment to a copyright law, saying it will harm their interests and stifle originality.

Their response comes after the proposed amendment was issued last week for public consultation.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

TV viewing from your handset, not your couch

Couch potatoes need no longer be confined to the living room. A new device will allow viewers to watch free and pay TV on mobile phones and tablets anywhere, anytime.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Copyright bill aims for balance

I refer to your editorial ('Bill puts internet freedom to the test', June 7), which quite rightly highlighted the importance of striking a reasonable balance between protecting copyright and promoting creativity on the one hand, and safeguarding the free flow of information in the digital environment on the other hand.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bill puts internet freedom to the test

Any brief surf of the internet will reveal a flourishing pool of users with immense creativity. Social media outlets like YouTube have been flooded with entertaining video clips, including some political parodies of senior officials and tycoons caught up in controversies. Some productions are of high quality.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Protect your own creations

People in creative industries are praised for their ideas and originality. But some 'fans' take that praise too far. Local artist Prudence Mak Ngai-tuen, founder of Chocolate Rain, knows first-hand the pain of having her original work copied by others.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Film-event organisers sued over design copyright

A design company has sued the organisers of the International Film Festival and Asian Film Awards for breaching its copyright on designs it says it developed.

Redder Door filed the claim at the Court of First Instance against the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and DotAsia Organisation, which oversees the '.Asia' Web domain registry.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Seven arrested after customs seize books

Seven people were arrested after customs officers seized fortune-telling books, suspected to be pirated, from vendors on Wednesday.

A total of 140 books worth about HK$6,200 were confiscated.

They were books by fung shui masters Mak Ling-ling, Peter So Man-fung, Edward Li Kui-ming and Lam Kwok-hung.

22 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

TV stations 'must learn copyright'

Mainland television networks need to learn from overseas media how to protect their intellectual property, a senior executive of CCTV says.

25 Jun 2009 - 12:00am