Corporate crusader David Webb exposes 'secrets' in fight against director rule

Richard Li Tzar-kai. Photo: Oliver Tsang

The launching of the list - which included the two sons of tycoon Li Ka-shing, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi and Richard Li Tzar-kai, as well as Sun Hung Kai Properties chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and Webb himself - was "to prove that this is not in any way a secret".

Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 1:22am 2 comments

No good can come of new company director rule

Black mark

The proposals to restrict disclosure of directors' residential addresses and identity card numbers will compromise the principle of limited liability, which has been a central principle of modern company law since 1855.

13 Feb 2013 - 3:33am 4 comments

Hong Kong must retain open access to company data

Hong Kong must retain open access to company data. Photo: EPA

The government's attempt to shield the identity of company directors under the guise of protecting privacy is not merely an invitation to fraud and corruption; it reveals a basic misunderstanding of the purpose of a company.

3 Feb 2013 - 3:20am 7 comments

Journalists firm on gaining full access to data

Mak Yin-ting. Photo: Edward Wong

Journalists have rejected a counter-offer by the government over the proposal to bar access to key personal information of company directors, insisting on the status quo of unlimited access for all members of the public.

30 Jan 2013 - 7:27am 2 comments

Wikipedia to stay free due to reader donations

Users of Wikipedia have seen off a threat that the website would be forced to carry advertisements or charge for access, after one of the most successful online fund-raising campaigns ever.

The free online encyclopaedia was struggling to raise US$6 million to cover its running costs for this year and launched a campaign seeking donations on November 3.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Big numbers add up to make storage sexy

The digital era is throwing up some mind-boggling statistics: 62 billion e-mails are sent every day; 1 billion songs are shared via peer-to-peer every month; 1.5 billion terabytes of data is created every year.

These numbers have conspired to do what few people could ever have thought possible - make the storage industry look sexy.

22 May 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

Scales to match the world of data

Information meant to be stored is growing at such a fast pace it comes as no surprise that the small priesthood of scientists in the storage industry has put precise words to match certain quantities of data. The following is a list of estimates of data quantities contained by various media.

26 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Control debatable as media benefit as well as pose threat to society

There is no doubt that the media pose a threat to society. They always play up sex and violence and even 'cook up' stories to boost their sales.

But on the other hand, through the media, we can know more about the important events around the world. Whether the media should be supervised is a debatable question.

3 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Progress keeps us in touch

There are many forms of communication which help us keep in touch with what's happening in the world.

Moreover, communication can act as a channel to exchange ideas or express our thoughts and feelings.

22 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Internet age brings conflicting messages

We are constantly being told we live in an information age. The speed and volume of communications ratchets up month by month as the Internet and digital television turn the world into a village with a mind-expanding variety of choice.

26 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Cargo group approves EDI

Cargo 2000, which has 36 members including new participants BALtrans (Hong Kong) and BAX Global, has approved a range of electronic data interchange (EDI) and bar-code labelling criteria for implementation in 1999 to 2000.

26 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Safeguarding consumers

Hong Kong's success rests upon its status as a free-trade port. If goods can be bought more cheaply overseas there are no barriers to their import, providing they are not pirated. That ensures the free market system works to enhance competition and keep prices down.

25 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Quote, unquote

YESTERDAY I discovered a treasure in an article about Umberto Eco. It seemed Eco once used, as an epigraph, a quotation by the logician Raymond Smullyan: 'Superstition brings bad luck.' Someday I'll find that quotation useful (as indeed, Eco did).

16 Apr 1995 - 12:00am


IN Dr Darvell's letter (''White Paper on green issues'', South China Morning Post, October 8) he asked if there will be public consultation on the Second White Paper Review on the Environment, and whether any proposals in it will be changed in light of that consultation.

29 Oct 1993 - 12:00am