25 January 2020

Francis Fong

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation honorary chairman
  • Any attempt to clamp down on online messaging platforms or discussion forums to tackle the Hong Kong protest movement would be unwise, the author writes. Photo: Reuters

    Blocking online forums not the solution for HK protests crisis

    - Sep 5, 2019 10:23am
    There has been speculation that the Hong Kong government is looking at invoking the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to quell the months-long protests in the city. The ordinance would allow the chief executive to censor magazines, maps,...
  • As people increasingly rely on social media to keep themselves informed, combating fake news has become a pressing issue for online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Photo: Reuters

    Twitter, Facebook step up crackdown on misinformation

    - Aug 28, 2019 10:56am
    Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have removed and suspended accounts that are believed to be part of a China-backed campaign to vilify the Hong Kong protest movement. Twitter has reportedly suspended 200,000 accounts...
  • A smart lamp post is equipped with different sensors, which can collect data about air quality, traffic flow and weather. Photo: ISD

    A visit to Hong Kong’s new Smart Lab

    - Aug 21, 2019 10:35am
    Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Smart Government Innovation Lab, which officially opened on May 30. The lab is aimed at encouraging innovative solutions and product suggestions from the IT sector, particularly local...
  • Microsoft and Qualcomm have collaborated with Samsung in the latter's new Galaxy Book S laptop computer. Photo: Samsung/Youtube

    Why Microsoft, Qualcomm teamed up with Samsung on new laptop

    - Aug 14, 2019 11:24am
    Samsung unveiled its long-awaited smartphone model Galaxy Note 10 in New York last week. At the same time, the Korean tech giant also introduced the Galaxy Book S laptop computer, which is powered by a Qualcomm...
  • Hong Kong's retail businesses are feeling the pain from the social unrest arising from the government's extradition bill misadventure. Photo: Reuters

    Social unrest taking a toll on retail industry

    - Aug 6, 2019 11:01am
    Hong Kong recorded a 6.7 percent slide in retail sales in June from a year earlier, marking the fifth straight month of contraction, data released last week showed. Estimated total sales for the month were down...
  • In acquiring Intel’s modem business, Apple aims to reduce its reliance on outside chip suppliers. Photo: Reuters

    Apple keen to buy 5G chip independence

    - Jul 30, 2019 12:07pm
    Apple had been trying to work with Intel to develop 5G chip technology, but it wasn’t too successful. With Qualcomm already introducing its second 5G chip and Samsung launching its 5G smartphone, Apple must be feeling...
  • Hong Kong authorities have unveiled plans to install smart lampposts that will be equipped with cameras and sensors to gather various data. Photo: HK Govt

    Smart lampposts and privacy concerns

    - Jul 23, 2019 10:17am
    Hong Kong government said last week that the smart lamppost pilot program will be launched in phases. In the first stage, traffic snapshots, weather information and air quality data captured by smart lampposts will be released...
  • Rainforest Connection has created a monitoring system that uses old, reconfigured cellphones and leverages on Google's machine learning technology to help stop illegal logging. Photo: RFCx

    How Google applies AI to social and environmental issues

    - Jul 16, 2019 11:45am
    I was invited to Google’s news conference on artificial intelligence in Tokyo last week. The technology giant said it wants to use AI to solve difficult social and environmental issues such as those pertaining to medicine,...
  • Facebook’s Libra project will come under intense scrutiny from governments and regulators amid fears that the digital currency could pose a risk to financial markets. Photo: Reuters

    Hurdles to Facebook’s Libra plan

    - Jul 10, 2019 12:21pm
    Facebook said in mid-June that its subsidiary Libra Network will set up a Libra Association with 26 founding members. The Libra Association will issue a cryptocurrency called Libra. Visa, MasterCard, Uber, PayPal, eBay, Lyft and Spotify...
  • Hong Kong's telecom operators are bracing for a new battle as the 5G era unfolds. Photo: HKEJ

    Hong Kong gets ready for 5G battle

    - Jun 19, 2019 10:53am
    5G services are getting rolled out in many places in the world, and telecom operators are racing against each other to take a lead in the unfolding era. Hong Kong, too, is witnessing some activity. HKT,...
  • Korean tech giant Samsung is said to have already begun R&D work on 6G mobile technology. Photo: Reuters

    Samsung aims for headstart in 6G

    - Jun 13, 2019 10:30am
    5G services have just arrived, but Samsung is already working on research and development of 6G technology. In theory, 6G could be 100 times faster than 5G, something rather difficult to imagine based on our current...
  • Beating the odds, Alex Chung successfully broke into the laptop market with his startup Nexstgo. Photo: Facebook

    HK startup Nexstgo carves out space in crowded laptop market

    - Jun 6, 2019 1:40pm
    It’s hard for a local brand to establish itself overseas. Nexstgo, an electronics gadget brand created by corporate executive-turned-entrepreneur Alex Chung, whom I have known for over 20 years, is one of the rare successful cases....
  • Google’s move to prevent Huawei from accessing updates of the Android operating system and some services presents a serious challenge to the Chinese telecoms gear maker. Photo: Reuters

    Will Huawei be able to roll out its own OS?

    - May 29, 2019 11:08am
    US President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that barred American telecoms firms from installing foreign-made equipment that is deemed to pose a threat to national security. The Commerce Department then quickly put Huawei and...
  • Hong Kong has been lagging in 5G development when compared to other major cities in the world. Observers blame misjudgment on the part of government officials. Photo: Reuters

    HK 5G development pales in comparison with that in UK

    - May 21, 2019 10:28am
    The United Kingdom will soon follow in the footsteps of South Korea and launch a 5G service. Vodafone has announced that its 5G network will go live on July 3, and that the service will be...
  • Facebook plans to link Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram to allow users to message each other across the three platforms. Photo: Bloomberg

    Facebook move to integrate platforms raises privacy concerns

    - May 7, 2019 3:20pm
    It seems that it will be more convenient for users to reach their friends across the three different messaging platforms owned by Facebook after its plan to integrate Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp is realized, but some...
  • Tsang Kwok-wai, Hong Kong’s Director of Immigration, introduces the Self-service Registration Kiosk and the Self-service Collection Kiosk for the new smart Hong Kong identity card. Photo: HK Govt

    Govt departments must take the lead to promote eID

    - Apr 11, 2019 11:13am
    Hong Kong government will provide electronic identity (eID) service for local residents from 2020. The initiative will allow Hong Kong residents to use a single digital identity and authentication to conduct government and commercial transactions online....
  • Hong Kong’s online payment market may not develop so fast without the push from mainland players like Alipay and WeChat Pay. Photo: HKEJ

    HK policymakers not keeping up with fast-changing world

    - Mar 28, 2019 11:53am
    During a recent trip to Beijing, I ran into an old friend from the telecoms industry. We had dinner together and talked about how Hong Kong is falling behind other mainland Chinese cities in fintech. Digital...
  • With data theft becoming a serious problem, credit card fraud cases have been on the rise in recent years. Photo: Reuters

    Merchants should be protected against credit card fraud

    - Mar 20, 2019 11:04am
    Credit card fraud has been a problem for a long time. With many online shopping websites such as those of online travel agencies and airlines getting hacked and customer data stolen, the situation pertaining to card...
  • With the coming of 5G services, the speed of downloads and uploads will increase significantly, and various applications will come on stream. Photo: AFP

    Mobile World Congress kicks off 5G era

    - Mar 5, 2019 11:00am
    The latest Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona shows that the era of 5G is finally upon us. Most mobile producers, including Samsung, LG, Huawei, ZTE, Sony, HTC, and Xiaomi, have launched their 5G devices...
  • The US government has been unable  to offer any solid evidence to support its accusation that Huawei equipment can be used to spy on other countries. Photo: Reuters

    Can 5G operators really do without Huawei’s equipment?

    - Mar 1, 2019 3:13pm
    The United States is bent on crushing Huawei Technologies. It is lobbying allies not to use the Chinese telecommunications giant’s 5G equipment, which it claims will open them to espionage or even cyber attacks by the Chinese...