28 January 2020

Erwin Huang

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman
  • Being a global villager means one has to mingle with locals and adapt to local lifestyle. Photo: Bloomberg

    What does it mean to be a global villager?

    - Sep 2, 2019 10:43am
    The internet has blurred physical national borders, and turned the globe into a huge village, it is commonly argued. While that is true, some people, however, seem to have mixed up the concept of globalization and...
  • In the lead-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum, 'Leave' campaigners in Britain played on citizens' fears about a jobs threat, among other things. Photo: Reuters

    How targeted messaging and new media shaped Brexit campaign

    - Aug 26, 2019 12:39pm
    I’ve been watching ‘Brexit:The Uncivil War’ aired on Channel 4 in the UK. It depicts the lead-up to the 2016 referendum through the activities of the strategists behind the Vote Leave campaign. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as...
  • Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes called for the breakup of the social media behemoth. Photo: Reuters

    The importance of checks and balances in the tech world

    - Aug 12, 2019 10:29am
    Chris Hughes, who co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg in their Harvard dorm room, said Zuckerberg has become far too powerful and his “focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks”. Hughes is...
  • Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood-testing startup Theranos, saw her company rise to great heights and then fall apart. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lessons from the fall of Elizabeth Holmes

    - Aug 5, 2019 12:13pm
    A young girl decided to develop a blood-testing technology after watching a family member die of cancer. She studied hard and went to Stanford University at 17. Two years later, she dropped out of college and...
  • The fundraising campaign enabled Hong Kong activists to place front-page ads against the extradition bill in 19 major international newspapers in 13 countries. Photo: Facebook

    How Hong Kong activists tapped the power of crowdsourcing

    - Jul 24, 2019 10:39am
    In just nine hours, Hong Kong activists raised over HK$6.7 million through crowdsourcing that enabled it to place front-page ads in 19 major international newspapers in 13 countries. The move was aimed at attracting international attention...
  • A digital nomad can work from anywhere in the world as long as there is a good WiFi connection. Photo: Freepik

    Why the number of digital nomads is on the rise

    - Jul 15, 2019 11:20am
    Digital nomads refer to a group of people who use the digital realm to generate income. They can work from anywhere in the world as long as there is a good WiFi connection. They can be...
  • Pursuing a so-called slash career can help an individual achieve work-life balance and satisfaction. Photo: Freepik

    CEOs can also have a slash lifestyle

    - Jul 8, 2019 10:25am
    When I stepped down as CEO of Tse Sui Luen Jewellery in 2010, I said I wanted to devote more time to the society and to education. Many people thought that there must be some untold...
  • Social Career app fills a void in the market as it offers a matching platform for volunteers and NGOs. Photo: Social Career

    How an app helps volunteers and NGOs

    - Jun 24, 2019 12:05pm
    One often hears the complaint that Hongkongers only care about money. The accusation may be too harsh as I find that many locals do come forward to do volunteer work or join NGO activities. In the...
  • In recent years, more and more professionals have been opting for the so-called slash lifestyle, getting involved in multiple work activities at the same time. Photo: Bloomberg

    Building a ‘slash’ lifestyle

    - Jun 17, 2019 3:21pm
    I’ve written a lot about the so-called slash careers recently. The slash lifestyle of taking up multiple jobs is quite suitable for the fast-changing working environment. What’s successful career planning? Let me first introduce to you...
  • Students must be given enough time to pursue their interests and learn from first-hand experiences. Photo: GovHK

    Is spending long hours in school good for students?

    - Jun 3, 2019 2:20pm
    Hongkongers born in the 1970s and 1980s attended primary school classes only for half a day. They had classes in the morning, went home for lunch and even had time to watch cartoons on television after finishing...
  • Visitors try Huawei devices during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2017. The Chinese firm will accelerate efforts to build its own ecosystem, using domestic suppliers and partners, in the wake of a US supply ban. Photo: Reuters

    Plan B in a tech cold war, for Huawei and China

    - May 27, 2019 10:38am
    US President Donald Trump has banned American use of foreign telecoms company gear, taking aim at China’s Huawei. In the wake of that move and other US curbs, Google has cut off Huawei’s access to the...
  • It is wrong to assume that slashies are those who cannot find a full-time job, or people who are lazy and don’t bother take up full-time work. Representational image: Bloomberg

    Making the most out of a ‘slashie’ lifestyle

    - May 20, 2019 10:30am
    In recent years, we have seen the so-called slash lifestyle coming to the fore among the younger generation as the millennials seek multi-faceted career paths. People with slash careers are those having multiple income streams simultaneously...
  • Finland's educational institutions have won acclaim for their student entrepreneurship programs. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Finland’s education system inspires the DreamStarter project

    - May 14, 2019 11:43am
    I was in Sweden recently to share some insights on the DreamStarter project. Inspired by Finland’s education policy, DreamStarter has achieved a lot in Hong Kong. DreamStarter is a community initiative that makes dream projects initiated...
  • Most people are still very healthy at age 60. Some actually find their health conditions deteriorate after they stopped working. Photo: Freepik

    How to live a 120-year life

    - May 6, 2019 10:24am
    An average person usually retires at around 60, after working for around 40 years. But the human lifespan is becoming longer, and it’s no longer a dream to live till 120, with new technologies that help...
  • AI-based methods have emerged as powerful tools to transform medical care. Photo: Reuters

    How AI can transform the medical care system

    - Apr 29, 2019 9:57am
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) already outperforms junior pediatricians in diagnosing common child diseases, according to a study published by Nature Medicine. The conclusion is quite reasonable. Young doctors need to spend years to accumulate experience, while machines...
  • Social media platforms and mobile apps can precisely deliver information to targeted consumers. Photo: Reuters

    The new rules of the marketing game

    - Apr 15, 2019 9:34am
    Hong Kong’s main free-to-air television broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) saw its share price tumble to a 20-year low after it issued a profit warning. Free-to-air television used to be the most powerful media in the...
  • Robotic recruiters are only interested in knowing to what extent your professional skills match the position. Photo: Reuters

    How to win over a robot recruiter

    - Apr 10, 2019 10:48am
    Have you ever heard of Science of Science? The subject refers to the study of all aspects of science and how it impacts society. One topic under Science of Science concerns the moral issues of artificial intelligence (AI)....
  • As media outlets contemplate digital paywalls, the question is whether readers, long used to free information, would be willing to pay for their content. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will HK readers be willing to pay for online information?

    - Mar 18, 2019 10:50am
    Apple Daily announced recently that readers will need to register to gain access to its online version. But they will continue to enjoy free content, it said. The media group did not elaborate on its plans,...
  • Sea Hero Quest, developed by British firm Glitchers in  2016, is a game designed to help the global research of dementia. Photo:

    How games can help elderly fight dementia

    - Mar 11, 2019 10:18am
    Official data shows that five to eight out of every 100 people above 65 are suffering from dementia in Hong Kong. Nearly 20 to 30 percent of those above 80 are dementia patients. Dementia is the...
  • Features such as high-speed transmission will help 5G open up a wide range of applications. Photo: Reuters

    Some potential early applications of 5G

    - Mar 4, 2019 12:49pm
    The fifth-generation of mobile communications technology has features like high-speed transmission and super-quick response times. It can also connect a great number of devices at the same time. It’s widely believed that these features will help 5G...