Paper trail leads to need for archive

The lack of a law governing the preservation and disposal of government documents has long been a concern to anyone who cares about history and the need to archive important records so they can be studied by future generations.

Monday, 24 October, 2011, 12:00am

Keep your memories safe

My computer recently suffered a virus attack and all my files disappeared. I was really angry and sad because four years of photos are gone. I now realise the importance of saving photos on a CD or printing them out.

7 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

News from the digital universe

Did you know there are more than 160 billion gigabytes in the digital universe ? That could be imagined as 12 stacks of books stretching from the Earth to the Sun. And by 2010 it's set to grow six-fold.

30 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Lawmakers challenge copying ban

Rules governing poll materials are being interpreted too tightly, say observers

Lawmakers have called on the government to explain why it is barring the public from making copies of election-related material that it makes available for public viewing.

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Avoid accidental information leaks

PREVENTING THE widespread privacy breaches, intellectual property leaks and inadvertent financial disclosures that sometimes result from negligence has become a challenge for all businesses and organisations.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Metadata returns to haunt careless companies

Hidden information in all types of file can be exposed and this puts businesses - and even the US military - at risk of revealing far too much

As businesses increasingly rely on e-mail as their primary form of communication, they run the risk of inadvertently exposing sensitive information hidden in their electronic documents.

28 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

State-secret fears block library plan at last minute

Plans to launch a prestigious Basic Law library on July 1 have been derailed at the last minute because the Government fears many of the items to be displayed may be state secrets.

24 May 2002 - 12:00am

Officials deny foot-dragging in privatising state firms

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to cut its stake in business, contradicting claims that the process may be frustrated by leading citizens with positions or shares in government-linked companies.

8 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Upgrades urged using float proceeds as key sectors targeted in overhaul

Mainland companies coming to market should be required to use more of their listing proceeds for technical restructuring, while the government should back 20 key national high-technology companies to foster proprietary technologies.

These are some of the recommendations made by the Ministry of Science and Technology to hasten the nation's restructuring efforts.

19 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

PLA Garrison's Customs manifest

The Customs and Excise Department is to investigate how the original copy of the manifest was leaked to the press. A senior officer said the document was not confidential, but information obtained by officers during their work should not be used for other purposes.

24 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Web may leave no mark in history

Recently the New York Times carried an interesting column about how the Web may be losing its history.

26 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Government Printing Department

THIS year's plethora of seven different types of documents has increased the Government printing department's work nine-fold, according to Government Printer Harry Myers.

The most sensitive of the documents - the policy address - was printed by trusted staff unable to leave their locked classified section except for lunch.

6 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Copiers 'feel' and adjust

AUTOMATIC sensors, improved copy speeds and a pair of paper-feed trays that adjust according to usage, are some of the user-friendly features in the Ricoh 4-series and 6-series copiers released recently.

7 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Signs of the times hit by rising costs

IN days gone by, Hong Kong's governor would don his ceremonial white plumed hat and sign official scrolls with a fine quill.

Times have changed - Chris Patten does not wear a hat and uses a modern pen, but despite the lack of colonial grandeur the cost of obtaining Mr Patten's signature is to increase to $235.

25 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Let public see document

I REFER to Mr A. G. Cooper's letter headlined, ''Government serious about cleaner Hongkong'' (South China Morning Post, July 8) and would like to make a few comments.

Firstly, the polluter pays principle should aim primarily at cutting pollution at source.

It should encourage people to pollute less and thus avoid paying.

12 Jul 1993 - 12:00am