GCIO shares strategies on cybersecurity and driving digital-based development in World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit (with photos)
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     ‚ÄčThe Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Tony Wong, attended two forums of the 2023 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang, today (November 9) and exchanged views with representatives of Government departments, international organisations, enterprises, research institutions and civil societies from all over the world.

     In the morning, Mr Wong delivered a keynote speech in the Cybersecurity Forum for Technology Development and International Cooperation and shared the development and implementation of cybersecurity in Hong Kong. He said that a secure and reliable Internet environment is crucial for promoting the development of digital economy and smart city. It is the shared responsibility of the international community to safeguard cybersecurity in order to allow everyone to reap the benefits brought by Internet development. 

     Mr Wong pointed out that, "Over the years, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has developed a comprehensive information security management framework to ensure the security of the Government's information infrastructure, computer systems and data. Cybersecurity rests with every stakeholder in the community. The HKSAR Government has been promoting information security in the community through a variety of channels and launching different supportive measures, in particular to small and medium-sized enterprises, in order to enhance the awareness and defense capability of enterprises and the public on information security. The HKSAR Government will continue to enhance the capabilities in various aspects to address cybersecurity challenges. We will also foster collaboration with the country, stakeholders and the international communities to develop Hong Kong into a smart city which is safe and efficient."

     In the afternoon, Mr Wong participated in the Data Governance Drives the Development of Global Digital Economy forum and shared with forum participants Hong Kong's strategies in strengthening data governance to drive economic and social development. He gave an account on the open data policy of the HKSAR Government, and the Government's efforts in facilitating data sharing among departments, with a view to driving more people-oriented and enterprise-friendly applications with data.

     Mr Wong expressed gratitude to the Cyberspace Administration of China for its support in signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the HKSAR Government in June this year to promote the cross-boundary data flow in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. With the advantages of "one country, two systems", Hong Kong could converge data resources from different places. By doing so, the edges of the Mainland and Hong Kong in technology research and application development can be combined, thereby allowing Hong Kong to develop into an international innovation and technology (I&T) centre, better integrate into the overall development of the Greater Bay Area and the country, and contribute to the development of I&T and digital economy in the Greater Bay Area and the high-quality development of our country.

     In addition to speaking at two forums of the Summit, Mr Wong accompanied the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Professor Sun Dong to meet with Deputy Director of the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission and Deputy Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China Mr Wang Song today. Mr Wong attended the opening ceremony and plenary session of the Summit yesterday (November 8). He also conducted a study on the Hangzhou Headquarters of H3C, a subsidiary of Unisplendour Corporation Limited, and the Alibaba Cloud Valley Park with Professor Sun.

     Mr Wong concluded his visit today and returned to Hong Kong in the evening.

Ends/Thursday, November 9, 2023
Issued at HKT 21:25

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