The AIC is concerned by the Government’s plans to introduce government mandated filtering without transparency or accountability, the real name system and additional licensing requirements.
The AIC recognizes the importance of the internet as a driver for innovation and economic growth. The Boston Consulting Group reported in 2011 that the internet contributed HK$96 billion to the economy, which is 5.9% of Hong Kong’s GDP. It acknowledges the critical role regulations play in ensuring that the internet can continue to grow and play an important role for China’s economy. It is from this perspective that the AIC offers its comments.