Local Internet pioneer and entrepreneur Pindar Wong discusses the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities facing Hong Kong’s first digital generation. The talk will focus on Creative Commons, a progressive copyright system that allows to share, remix, reuse and upload digital materials – legally.
How can Creative Commons create new commercial and cultural opportunities by changing our copyright culture from “No you can’t” to “Yes you Can!'”? How can Creative Commons be used to open up access to our cultural archives such as those held by public service broadcasters such as RTHK?
Pindar Wong is the past Chairman of the Asia and Pacific Internet Association; the Executive Committee Chairman of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies; Advisor to the Asia Pacific Networking Group; and international advisory board member of the UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme.
He is also the Chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd., an Internet infrastructure consultancy, and Co-Public Lead of Creative Commons Hong Kong.
He co-founded Hong Kong’s first licensed ISP in 1993, was the alternate chair of Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, and was appointed by the Internet Architecture Board to the Policy Oversight Committee.
He served as the first Vice Chairman of ICANN’s Board of Directors in 1999, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (2003), and served on the Board of the Public Interest Registry (2006).
Prior to his involvement in pioneering commercial Internet services, he was a doctoral candidate and Sir Edward Youde research fellow at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before gaining his doctoral fellowship, Wong was briefly a banker after graduating with first class honours in computing science from Imperial College London.
This event will be offered in the framework of the MJ course Critical Issues in Journalism and Global Communications.
For more details on Creative Commons and its collaboration with the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, see http://hk.creativecommons.org/