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Using data trusts to facilitate the sharing of ‘the new oil’ - data

2019-07-11

Vast amounts of personal data are held by numerous organisations. This sea of data has been described by some as “the new oil”, in which their true value can be extracted if they can be shared with other organisations. However, this idea also raises concern that the data will fall into the wrong hands. In order to encourage people to share their data with confidence, some people have suggested the concept of ‘data trusts’ in recent years…


How to improve young people's life chances by restructuring vocational education system?

2019-07-09

Vocational and professional education and training (VPET) is one of the pathways to enhance young people’s upward mobility. However, VPET is generally considered as inferior to other academic articulation pathways, which in turn discourages some students from pursuing VPET. How should the Government promote and restructure the VPET to expand learning opportunities for young people?


The dispute over classifying plant-based milk as ‘milk’

2019-07-08

Plant-based milk starts expanding its presence in the milk beverage market amid the rising popularity of vegetarianism. However, some dairy milk producers complain that it is unfair to allow plant-based beverage to take advantage of the goodwill of milk they earned, while the plant-based milk producers criticise their counterparts for protectionism. Both of them are forcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enter judgement on what to call plant-based milk. What are the arguments on both sides? What is the impact of the naming controversy on consumers?


Making ethical rules for the use of artificial intelligence

2019-07-03

While artificial intelligence can make our lives more convenient, its potential risks have not gone unnoticed. How are tech companies and international organisations regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI)? Are their principles and guidelines that govern the use of AI effective?


Should glass remain the top choice for today’s skyscrapers?

2019-07-01

Glistening glass skyscrapers abound in prosperous cities around the globe. However, after taking environmental performance into consideration, the construction industry is starting to have second thoughts about whether cities of glass is the way to go. An architect who has designed many famous glass skyscrapers even describes glass as a symbol of energy-guzzling buildings. Should future skyscrapers in Hong Kong say goodbye to glass curtain walls?


Pros and cons of different monetisation models to sustain creators

2019-06-27

Many locals in the creative industries worry about earning a living. However, the rapid development of technology in recent years gives them a hope by providing a variety of content monetisation models, such as subscription, reward and donation. Can it help creators to get rid of a precarious financial position? What are the advantages and limitations of different monetisation models?


How to improve the ETV services to enhance learning?

2019-06-24

Educational Television (ETV), a series of programmes serving Hong Kong for almost five decades, was criticised by the Audit Commission for its high production cost and declining viewership. Those criticisms have aroused some people’s concern that whether the government expenditure on ETV is value for money. What should the Government do to promote the utilisation of ETV services?



Is green e-commerce the answer for the city’s garbage crisis?

2019-06-17

Although online shopping is convenient to consumers, it generates a lot of packaging waste and produces more greenhouse gases at the same time. Many governments around the world have implemented policies to force the e-commerce industry to promote green online shopping, which includes switching to green energy, more environmentally friendly packaging materials and shipment methods. Can Hong Kong take a leaf out of their book?


How should employees fight against work-related stress amid rise of ‘burnout’?

2019-06-15

The World Health Organization has classified ‘burnout’ as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ recently. The updated definition has sparked heated debate over legislation recognising ‘burnout’, which is triggered by work-related stress, and ‘death from overexertion’ as an ‘occupational disease’ in Hong Kong. However, it is difficult to prove that work-related stress is the only contributing factor of ‘burnout’ and ‘death from overexertion’. How should the Government strike a balance between employment protection and a conductive business environment?