Open Government

More transparency urged from courts

Most government departments have become more transparent through disclosures online in the past three years, but the courts need to do more, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said in a report released yesterday.

Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 12:00am

Beijing's pronouncements on transparency ring a little hollow

Contradictions abound in Beijing. On Tuesday, official media reported an official circular, jointly dispatched by the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee and the Secretariat of the State Council, listing 20 ways to increase government transparency.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cyberspace, the final frontier for our officials

Stealthily, the administration made some modest progress towards more transparent government by standardising the e-mail addresses of government leaders. The chief secretary can now be contacted at, the secretary for civil service at, and so on.

4 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Half of state websites miss mark

More than half the mainland's local government websites 'don't make the grade', a top mainland think tank study has found.

An investigation by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences says the public has to go through a 'labyrinth' to access government information, and calls most websites opaque and difficult to navigate, China News Service reported yesterday.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Authorities ordered to increase public access to information

A groundbreaking measure in the interest of greater transparency is the way analysts are describing a new State Council regulation ordering authorities at all levels to grant public requests for information.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Marrying services in convenient clusters

THE HONG KONG government is among the world leaders in introducing e-services for citizens. It claims that 90 per cent of the public services amenable to electronic delivery (more than 1,200) are now provided with an e-option.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Collaboration key to success of e-services

Closer co-operation between government departments will give citizens what they want - a single website that can answer all their queries

E-GOVERNMENT is a fast-growing global phenomenon that will eventually transform the relationship between citizens and governments, while greatly improving the efficiency of service delivery and better satisfying the needs of the public.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Hi-tech know-how is a turn-on for the opposite sex

Knowing your way around electronic products will make you more attractive to the opposite sex, a survey has found.

Nearly 70 per cent of respondents in an internet survey run on the e-government portal,, said they would be more attracted to a member of the opposite sex who had expertise in computers and digital products.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Government launches push for use of online services

The government is stepping up efforts to persuade people to use its online services, with MTR stations hosting a roadshow to publicise what is available.

3 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Government pushes online services

The government is stepping up efforts to persuade people to use its online services, with MTR stations hosting a roadshow to publicise what is available.

2 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

The case for change

The South China Morning Post started a series of articles this week to look at the issue of bureaucracy in Hong Kong. Has the problem got so serious that it hinders the development of our creative industry?

(SCMP; September 16, 2002)

19 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Discounts may tempt online customers

Discounts may be offered to people who use government online services.

Officials are looking for ways to promote the e-government scheme, Electronic Services Delivery (ESD).

26 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Lukewarm initial response to $123m government scheme

An ambitious official scheme to promote online government and commercial services has been slow to catch on with the public despite offering wide-ranging services.

The Electronic Services Delivery (ESD) scheme, launched in mid-December, offers a Web site for services from 28 government departments and commercial sectors.

2 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Automation challenge to SAR's online vision

WITH THE ONLINE age well and truly upon us, governments worldwide have increasingly embraced the concept of e-governance, with mixed results.

From multi-purpose information portals to buying a TV licence, governments have recognised the need to offer their citizens online services.

The SAR Government's attempts to go online have been fairly successful so far.

17 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Top officials fail in leadership in bringing government services to Internet

Senior officials in Hong Kong need to play a more active role in integrating the Internet into gov ernment services, according to an executive at United States computer giant IBM.

31 Aug 2000 - 12:00am