Tag: GIJC17

My First Application of FOI in Hong Kong

It was new for me when I heard anyone can acquire almost any data from HK government for legitimate reasons under that Code on Access to Information.

This code is a response to the notion of “FOI” (For Our Information; Freedom Of Information), which calls for citizens’ free access to government information so that the transparency of government management can be ensured and citizen rights can be protected.

According to Wiki, In 2006, nearly 70 countries went through relative legislation. Among these laws are USA’s FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and, of course, Hong Kong’s Code on Access to information.

Despite the code in place, a practical question remains. Will those government officers fulfill their duty and do give reply to every single data request? So I decided to give a try on Accessinfo.hk.

Accessinfo.hk is a website positioned as a platform for citizens to post their information requests to authorities and receive feedback. It was initiated by a group of Open Data activist, including Guy Freeman, who is currently data scientist in HK01. The website publishes every question and answer to everyone, and, at the same time, monitors the process. Before localizing the Alaveteli system ( http://alaveteli.org/ ) to Hong Kong, its sister site WhatDoTheyKnow ( https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/ ) had already seen wide application in the United Kingdom.

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Screenshot: accessinfo.hk

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Tech in IJ: An observation and rethink after GIJC17

The sharing Pili Hu gave about the experience, observations and thoughts taken away from the trip to Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2017. Slides are followed. Keep reading for an outline of topics discussed in this talk.

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賣數據?賣能力?淺談數據新聞的商業出路 — 香港網絡媒體峯會後感

【編註】本文是2017年12月4日的香港網絡媒體峯會後的感想,由 Pili Hu 口述完成,先使用科大訊飛轉爲文字稿,再通過 OpenCC 由簡體轉爲繁體,經過輕量編輯後發出。因爲是口述稿,行文難免累贅,有部分用語不準確的地方,歡迎留言指正。從技術上看,是我們一次新的嘗試,希望藉此方法加速信息傳遞的效率。總共耗時爲1小時在地鐵上口述,加1.5小時編輯。

今天下午的網絡傳媒峯會。幾位主編都有分享,很多媒體運營的經驗。大家談論最多的話題還是媒體的商業模式。用端傳媒主編張潔平的話來說,媒體的商業模式主要有三種。第一種是廣告模式,即先用內容換取流量,然後再用流量去向廣告主收費。第二種模式是直接付費,即把內容直接賣給讀者,而最好的賣法是訂閱,相比點播,訂閱可以保證持續的現金流。第三種辦法,則是贊助,一些基金會或者個人金主,都會贊助大大小小的媒體。

香港網絡媒體高峯會2017@HKICC

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