Stories by Peter Bullock

Breaching the Great Firewall

Google's recent difficulties in China have given the U.S.-based firm less-than-optimum publicity. Google launched (a self-censored version of its search engine) to prevent blockage by Chinese authorities while also fighting a U.S. Justice Department subpoena forcing them to divulge user information. Is this hypocrisy, merely looking after business, or both?

WORLDBEAT - Hong Kong addresses IT's legal side

On March 4, 2004, the Hong Kong government released the 2004 Digital 21 Strategy, its third such strategy paper since 1998. Like before, the paper marks out an ambitious roadmap for development across the whole gamut of ICT (information and communications technology) business and activities. It might be of interest to pull together the new laws that are implicit prerequisites for delivery of the latest strategy. In doing this, I have found that the lawmakers will be kept very busy, although some of what is necessary is already in the pipeline.