Groupware

Bloggers complain As posts scrapped

A third of online discussion forum users in Hong Kong say they have had posts deleted, with almost two-thirds saying the actions were self-censorship by forum administrators for political or other reasons.

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011, 12:00am

Uncles and brothers balance each other, so back off Big Brother

It's not easy being RTHK. Even its long-running City Forum has come under attack this week from Beijing mouthpiece Wen Wei Po. The political forum in Victoria Park has attracted controversy recently because pan-democrat supporters have shouted down officials and functional constituency lawmakers. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung was dubbed Eunuch Lam.

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Regus Telepresence Suite

Thanks to webcams, we are now accustomed to having conversations with people on the other side of the world during which we can see their faces. Links, however, are often of poor quality, and generally do not come close to approximating the experience of being across a desk or table in the same room.

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Where is Dennis?

How well do you know your city? Can you tell where this picture of Dennis was taken?

Go to yp.scmp.com to post your answer and discuss your thoughts with other readers.

3 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Where is Dennis?

How well do you know your city? Can you tell where this picture of Dennis was taken?

Go to yp.scmp.com to post your answer and discuss your thoughts with other readers.

31 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Web hosts keen to solve issue of offending posts

The busy traffic on online forums has prompted the question: Should Web hosts or users be held responsible for content that might be libellous or discriminatory, or violate copyright or privacy?

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

New rule may pull plug on smaller internet forums

Smaller internet forums on the mainland may soon host their final postings.

Web portals were informed yesterday that they must obtain licences or face being shut down. But the requirements are so strict and the cost of compliance so high that most sites will have to scrap their discussion sections to survive, internet users and observers say.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Open wide

Successful online discussion groups often simulate real-life communities. There are the 'alpha dogs' (usually the founders), who set the tone, the 'in crowd' (famous people, or those who have proved their credibility by posting regularly) and the peripheral members, who keep the community going.

7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Web surfers foil censors to back protesters

Mainland netizens, angered by official denunciations of Saturday's massive riot in Guizhou province as the work of gangsters, have raised their voices over the incident, with some using creative new ways to circumvent official internet filters.

2 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Cisco steps up video-link push

Cisco Systems, the world's largest networking equipment manufacturer, is collaborating with the Xiamen government to develop the city's software industry while jump-starting adoption on the mainland of the company's advanced videoconferencing system.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Getting tough

People's Daily has called for a crackdown on text messages on the mainland. Do you agree with its proposal to have registration, similar to the system that operates for internet forums? Write to us.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Planning is a crucial part of the process

Careful analysis is needed to determine whether your organisation is ready to put in place a dispersed team. As a starting point, make sure you have:

a clearly articulated business strategy

support from top executives

policies to ensure all team members feel included

user-friendly technology to make communication easy from each site

13 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Next best thing to being there

A NEW TECHNOLOGICAL tool is being added to the armoury of banks and financial firms as they do battle to attract and retain customers who present the potential to grow their accounts and assets.

Real-time communication delivered over IP (internet protocol) video is allowing banks and financial firms to link directly with customers.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Gay websites shut down in 'clean-up'

A mainland internet domain-name registration company has purged several influential homosexual websites under pressure from police in a crackdown on 'illegal content'.

15 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

ESF to overhaul website forum

The English Schools Foundation is to overhaul its website, including the forums for parents and teachers, sparking criticism that it is seeking to stifle debate.

Communications director Peter Craughwell posted a message on the forum about his plans to revamp the website by the start of the autumn term.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

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