Adam Au

Adam Au

Adam Au is the head of legal at a Hong Kong-based health care group. As a certified data privacy expert, he is passionate about data protection, education, the future of work, and the intersection of law, business and technology. He holds an economics degree from Brown, a law degree from Oxford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

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The View | US Inflation Reduction Act is a flawed but vital step in the climate change fight

While imperfect on many counts, at least we can celebrate an important victory that could have big results in the long run. As the US and the likes of China and India throw their economic weight into the clean-energy revolution, their participation could spark a chain reaction.

While imperfect on many counts, at least we can celebrate an important victory that could have big results in the long run. As the US and the likes of China and India throw their economic weight into the clean-energy revolution, their participation could spark a chain reaction.

19 Aug 2022 - 2:38AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s Covid-19 health code is not some Faustian bargain

The new system won’t mean giving up all our rights to privacy in return for a shot at a normal life. And it is by no means a panacea for all our pandemic woes. But in a dynamic Covid-19 situation with few options left, a health code can help reduce transmission risks and aid economic recovery.

The new system won’t mean giving up all our rights to privacy in return for a shot at a normal life. And it is by no means a panacea for all our pandemic woes. But in a dynamic Covid-19 situation with few options left, a health code can help reduce transmission risks and aid economic recovery.

16 Jul 2022 - 8:45AM
The View | How Hong Kong can become a centre for East-West data exchange

With the digital economy now about 15.5 per cent of global GDP, countries are restricting cross-border data flows in a bid for data supremacy. To deploy its long-standing strength as the intermediary between China and the world, Hong Kong must excel at handling, storing and processing data.

With the digital economy now about 15.5 per cent of global GDP, countries are restricting cross-border data flows in a bid for data supremacy. To deploy its long-standing strength as the intermediary between China and the world, Hong Kong must excel at handling, storing and processing data.

19 May 2022 - 4:30PM
Opinion | Reinvigorating Hong Kong’s economy starts with embracing a global mindset once more

Hong Kong’s ability to balance local values with global ideas, and its openness to anyone with a zeal for hard work and innovation, has brought the city prosperity. This is the spirit in which the new government must go forward to reverse the outward flow of talent and restore the city’s global standing.

Hong Kong’s ability to balance local values with global ideas, and its openness to anyone with a zeal for hard work and innovation, has brought the city prosperity. This is the spirit in which the new government must go forward to reverse the outward flow of talent and restore the city’s global standing.

16 Apr 2022 - 7:59AM
Opinion | To get the best out of the metaverse, Hong Kong needs long-term vision

Through the metaverse, Hong Kong can overcome the economic challenges of Covid-19 and land restraints, create new business models and offer the young social freedom. But first, it needs to focus on development and building substance with a long-term outlook.

Through the metaverse, Hong Kong can overcome the economic challenges of Covid-19 and land restraints, create new business models and offer the young social freedom. But first, it needs to focus on development and building substance with a long-term outlook.

2 Feb 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | How a culture bureau can help Hong Kong become an arts powerhouse once more

A renewed focus on art and culture, backed by government support, will build on the resurgence in interest in Canto-pop and Hong Kong identity. Tapping the potential of the creative industries will not only benefit Hong Kong’s economy, but also offer young people new opportunities.

A renewed focus on art and culture, backed by government support, will build on the resurgence in interest in Canto-pop and Hong Kong identity. Tapping the potential of the creative industries will not only benefit Hong Kong’s economy, but also offer young people new opportunities.

26 Sep 2021 - 8:45AM
Opinion | Why e-voucher scheme is a perfect gateway for Hong Kong to embrace digital payments

Hong Kong can no longer sideline digital payment or its surrounding technology while the global payment landscape develops by leaps and bounds. The mainland has been reimagining the concept of money for years, and it is time for us to join in.

Hong Kong can no longer sideline digital payment or its surrounding technology while the global payment landscape develops by leaps and bounds. The mainland has been reimagining the concept of money for years, and it is time for us to join in.

14 Aug 2021 - 7:52AM
Opinion | Climate friendly or not, NFTs could open up new vistas to Hong Kong artists

While novel technologies will have their flaws, NFTs can spur Hong Kong-based artists to experiment beyond the confines of urban spaces. If such an unorthodox business model proves viable, NFTs might represent a big leap towards the perfect combination of art, finance and blockchain technology.

While novel technologies will have their flaws, NFTs can spur Hong Kong-based artists to experiment beyond the confines of urban spaces. If such an unorthodox business model proves viable, NFTs might represent a big leap towards the perfect combination of art, finance and blockchain technology.

26 May 2021 - 5:20AM
Opinion | Why job creation won’t solve Hong Kong’s unemployment problem

The underlying issue in youth employment is the mismatch between what the economy needs and what the education system is producing. The government must go beyond its Band-Aid solution of creating temporary jobs to address this mismatch.

The underlying issue in youth employment is the mismatch between what the economy needs and what the education system is producing. The government must go beyond its Band-Aid solution of creating temporary jobs to address this mismatch.

22 Apr 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Why the ‘Leave Home Safe’ app won’t leave Hong Kong safer

Those with job security concerns are less likely to adopt or pay heed to the contact-tracing app, which unfairly disadvantages the poor. Not everyone has a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or stable internet connection to keep the app running smoothly.

Those with job security concerns are less likely to adopt or pay heed to the contact-tracing app, which unfairly disadvantages the poor. Not everyone has a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or stable internet connection to keep the app running smoothly.

2 Mar 2021 - 8:36AM
Opinion | What Hong Kong can learn from the European Union to enable better data sharing in the Greater Bay Area

Policymakers in the Greater Bay Area should establish a closed-loop regional network within which the free movement of digital goods and services can be carefully monitored.

Policymakers in the Greater Bay Area should establish a closed-loop regional network within which the free movement of digital goods and services can be carefully monitored.

20 Jan 2021 - 6:57AM
Opinion | How Carrie Lam’s policy address offers Hong Kong’s youth real hope

The chief executive’s Greater Bay Area youth employment scheme not only opens the door to new opportunities when traditional pathways in Hong Kong are stagnating, but will also add impetus to the city’s digital transformation.

The chief executive’s Greater Bay Area youth employment scheme not only opens the door to new opportunities when traditional pathways in Hong Kong are stagnating, but will also add impetus to the city’s digital transformation.

4 Dec 2020 - 10:23AM
Opinion | Hong Kong can meet Shenzhen’s challenge by embracing the big data revolution

Hong Kong is struggling to keep up with Shenzhen and other cities competing for tech talent and firms with subsidies and other favourable policies. As we push out into a different Greater Bay Area, we must learn to embrace change and rewire our mindset.

Hong Kong is struggling to keep up with Shenzhen and other cities competing for tech talent and firms with subsidies and other favourable policies. As we push out into a different Greater Bay Area, we must learn to embrace change and rewire our mindset.

21 Oct 2020 - 6:41AM
Opinion | How the coronavirus has given Hong Kong a clean slate to reboot education

Our education model needs revamping, to inject energy and innovation as entrepreneurship can only be honed through experimentation. To succeed, we must refresh our knowledge pool with digital know-how rooted in creativity, collaboration, communication and compassion.

Our education model needs revamping, to inject energy and innovation as entrepreneurship can only be honed through experimentation. To succeed, we must refresh our knowledge pool with digital know-how rooted in creativity, collaboration, communication and compassion.

9 Sep 2020 - 10:20AM
Opinion | Give Hong Kong’s talented Gen Z skin in the game or prepare for an exodus

Hong Kong’s millennials face diminished economic opportunities, widening income inequality and perceived interference with their way of life. More must be done to increase their political and economic participation, tapping their digital fluency.

Hong Kong’s millennials face diminished economic opportunities, widening income inequality and perceived interference with their way of life. More must be done to increase their political and economic participation, tapping their digital fluency.

17 Aug 2020 - 10:38AM