Ir Daniel Lai: Right, I’m the Government Chief Information Officer. As the GCIO I’m responsible for three areas. One is the application of IT within government—with the use of Internet of course. And another area is digital inclusion for the whole society. And thirdly to facilitate ICT development in Hong Kong. So my role in relation in the Internet would be helping all the citizens access the Internet in a very convenient and cost-effective manner.
Intertitle: Describe the current state of the Internet in Hong Kong.
Lai: Hong Kong since our liberalization of the telecommunication, I think the Internet penetration has been going real well. Right at this moment we have Internet access of 86% penetration into homes, and most commercial sectors also use the Internet. Of course, our broadband goes into almost all homes as well as commercial buildings. So we have recently taken a look, and the use of the Internet for ecommerce has been on the rise. And almost all of the commercial sectors, they use Internet one way or the other.
Intertitle: What action should be taken to ensure the best possible future?
Lai: I think one is to ensure— In order to have secure and safe access, I think we have to continue to look at how effective information security is, and ensure that all the transactions are carried out in a secure manner. That’s why my office is also responsible for one legislation, which is the Electronic Transactions Ordinance. This ordinance is actually linked with the public key infrastructure that actually we now use for electronic certificate digital signature. So for authentication and also for non-repudiation of all the signing over the Internet. So that gives legal backing in terms of doing Internet transactions over the Internet.