20 April 2019

Herbert Chia

Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, former head of the data committee and vice president at Alibaba Group.
  • Digital transformation poses implementation challenges for corporates as employees are often suspicious of change. Photo: Freepik

    Culture challenge in digital transformation

    - Apr 4, 2019 11:02am
    A survey of senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies showed that 91.6 percent of the firms had begun to devote more resources to Big Data and AI-related initiatives. But many off them admitted that their investments...
  • Flickr became an appealing resource for facial recognition researchers because many users published their images under 'Creative Commons' licenses. Photo: Freepik

    Do you want your online photos to be used to train computers?

    - Mar 27, 2019 10:35am
    Face recognition technology has advanced rapidly in recent years. It has become a key part of identifying a person using biometric technology, which can be used to unlock mobile phones, track employee time, identify regular customers...
  • City governments are increasingly looking at big data technology to help manage urban planning better. Photo: Xinhua

    Bay Area test zone makes for good big data sandbox

    - Mar 15, 2019 12:09pm
    Big data development in major cities typically involves the following elements: building and improving internet infrastructure facilities; developing high-speed internet network; introducing e-government services and building a digital government; deep data analysis to enhance precise urban management; opening up and sharing...
  • China's Greater Bay Area can take reference from the EU and its data protection regulations while building a data alliance in the region, an expert says. Photo: Xinhua

    Building a big data alliance in Greater Bay Area

    - Mar 7, 2019 11:00am
    The Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has proposed the establishment of a global data hub in the Great Bay Area. The facility is seen essential for the region to build data...
  • Hong Kong can take up the data hub role as China pushes the Greater Bay Area plan, observers say, Photo: Reuters

    HK’s opportunity to serve as data hub in Greater Bay Area

    - Feb 28, 2019 10:46am
    I’ve been actively involved in work related to safe data flows in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau over the last three years. I believe Big Data is critical for pushing digital economic transformation in the future....
  • In data management, companies should thoroughly understand how data is produced, collected, stored and used. Photo: Reuters

    Data governance: why it’s so difficult to get it right

    - Feb 21, 2019 3:06pm
    Helping companies to set guidelines for data governance is one of the topics discussed in a meeting held recently by the newly established Institute of Big Data Governance. Based on my experience, it’s not easy to...
  • The massive collection of user behavior data has become possible, thanks to the the internet and smartphones. Photo: Freepik

    Five stages of big data development

    - Feb 14, 2019 10:32am
    Big data development is entering its ninth year in 2019. It’s now stabilizing after years of fast development. In the process of digitalization, corporates and cities have encountered different issues.  Let me review what has been...
  • Consumers value human interaction but they also welcome the convenience brought by robots and artificial intelligence. Photo: Reuters

    Saving time the biggest reason for using robot assistance

    - Jan 31, 2019 10:26am
    I fear that one day robots will take over our jobs and our lives, but I’m also happy to enjoy all the convenience brought by artificial intelligence (AI). A recent survey showed that up to 75...
  • The US government views big data as a key element in the effort to enhance the nation's competitiveness. Photo: Xinhua

    What HK can learn from big data experience of US & UK

    - Jan 24, 2019 10:03am
    It’s not enough for governments to just open up their data, what is equally important is that the authorities should encourage people to use the data resources. Hong Kong has encountered different types of problems on...
  • Data trading is currently dominated by raw data, and transactions involving processed data and derivatives remain limited. Photo: Xinhua

    What’s holding back China’s data trading industry

    - Jan 17, 2019 1:21pm
    Trade ministers of the United States, Japan and the European Union met in Washington last week to coordinate their efforts in promoting a new industry – the trading of data.  The three parties are expected to...
  • Data sharing among government departments is the first step to form a responsive, data-driven government. Photo: Freepik

    Government has to become smart to build a smart city

    - Jan 10, 2019 10:04am
    After nearly eight months of preparation, my new book Responsive City will be published soon. The publishing house asked me to invite a well-respected figure to write the preface for the book. I thought Wu Hequan,...
  • Most business organizations are still in the early stage of tapping into big data. Photo: Freepik

    How companies can tap into the power of data

    - Jan 3, 2019 10:45am
    For many years, I’ve been promoting the importance of having a digital mindset. A whole new mindset is especially critical in the big data era, assuming greater significance than even data resources or algorithms. Have you ever...
  • The potential of using artificial intelligence to facilitate human learning should not be underestimated. Photo: Reuters

    Big data to reshape learning process

    - Dec 20, 2018 3:52pm
    All leading cities are racing against each other to attract talent.  There is a saying in the ancient Chinese classic The Book of Changes that “the gathering of top talents will attract even more”.  The best soil...
  • Artificial intelligence relies on the effective accumulation and efficient processing of big data. Photo: Bloomberg

    We are really just beginning to understand AI

    - Dec 12, 2018 10:39am
    The Institute of Big Data Governance was formally established last week. A number of industry players and organizations have joined the institute including Alibaba, AWS, Bank of China, Cyberport, EY, Google, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks...
  • Tencent has set up a new business group to integrate its various cloud offerings and solutions. Photo: Reuters

    Why Alibaba and Tencent are reorganizing

    - Dec 7, 2018 11:35am
    China’s internet giant Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) announced recently that it will set up a new business group, Cloud & Smart Industries Group (CSIG), to integrate its cloud offerings and solutions covering retail, education, healthcare, transportation and...
  • Companies that set out to build an overly comprehensive data platform could end up wasting a lot of resources as they don’t know what sort of data they really need. Photo: Bloomberg/Facebook

    Some misconceptions about digitalization

    - Nov 28, 2018 9:55am
    With a digitalization roadmap, companies can strengthen their data capability for a more scientific decision-making process. As different companies target different customer groups, they should also have different roadmaps. Based on my experience, there are a...
  • Big data makes it easier for city authorities to plan for future needs and mapping out policies. Photo: Bloomberg

    Big data is the foundation for building a smart city

    - Nov 21, 2018 5:15pm
    Smart-city initiatives in different places around the world have their own features but also share some trends, such as the emergence of new applications based on data. A city is a diversified ecosystem. The gathering of...
  • Rapid development of AI means greater challenges in risk control. Photo: China News

    Why AI needs to be paired with blockchain

    - Nov 15, 2018 12:08pm
    Failures of artificial intelligence have been widely reported. The reported cases might, in fact, be just the tip of an iceberg, with both regulators and customers struggling with AI’s uncontrollability. When AI makes mistakes, it’s hard...
  • As the public becomes increasingly aware of privacy and the risk of data leakage, the role of data middle office is evolving. Photo: Freepik

    Challenges of extracting value from data

    - Nov 8, 2018 12:56pm
    I’ve been among the first who put forward the concept of data middle-office. The idea came from my experience at Alibaba, when I was assigned to Taobao to help tackle its problem of having a fragmented...
  • New York offers valuable lessons on how data can be used to better manage a city. Photo: AFP

    Smart City advice for China from a former NY deputy mayor

    - Nov 1, 2018 10:42am
    This is the third part of my discussions with Stephen Goldsmith, former deputy mayor of New York City and co-author of the book The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. The first part talks about...

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