Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #10 “Internet Article 23”

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 has been an issue of great contention as of late. The bill was introduced in 2009, and is aimed to update Hong Kong’s copyright regime and to ensure it keeps pace with technological and overseas development. It seeks to extend protection of copyright owners on the Internet, allowing for stricter regulation on Internet infringement. However, even those who are in favour of greater copyright protection online are worried that the bill will affect the everyday activities of the average Internet user. For example, the bill could limit the creation and distribution of derivative works. This includes...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #9 – ‘Hong Kong’s Tourist Overpopulation Problem’

If you have experienced the hustle and bustle of MongKok on a weekend, insane queues at Ocean Park or Disneyland, lined up for ages outside luxury branded shops just to enter, then you should know what I mean when I say that this city is way overpopulated. Recently, it is brought to attention by many in Hong Kong that there is a constant rise in number of visitors and tourists that enter the city. This prevailing problem has upset many citizens due to a maximum capacity reached on public transportation, prime shopping areas, and busy streets. The Hong Kong Tourism Commission...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #8 – “A broken system of education”

It is no longer atypical to find university graduates working low-income jobs at places such as McDonald’s. Two or three decades ago, a university degree would have guaranteed the opportunity to work and make a comfortable living. Today, having a university education is the norm, not the exception. It does not necessarily give one an edge in the job market, but having no university education will essentially rule out any chance of success. Yet, gaining a place in any Hong Kong university is increasingly difficult. The majority of students studying in Hong Kong have to take the HKDSE diploma. They must...
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