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GEOG 2030 – Global DevelopmentE-development in Hong Kong:Analysis and RecommendationsNovember 25, 2015ContentsIntroduction 3Hong Kong – A Mature E-society 3General Trends 4Demographics 4Mentality of Citizens 4Infrastructure 6Hardware 7Software 91
Sectors 9Individuals 10Businesses 13Government 15Policy Recommendation 18Social Solution to ‘Phubbing’ 18Promoting E-working 19Cyber Security 21Conclusion 22Appendix 23References 24IntroductionWith the advent of perpetual technological advancement, e-technologies havepenetrated into every aspect of our lives, contributing to the emergence of e-societies.In this paper we examine the stage of e-development based on Professor Becky P.YLoo’s conceptual framework, with a special focus on Hong Kong as a case study.This work aims at classifying the stage of e-development Hong Kong is experiencingand analyzing the applications of e-technologies in the city. It will look closely intothe general trends and availability of infrastructure, and then evaluate theirimplications to different sectors in the society. Lastly, strategic policies will berecommended in hopes of enhancing Hong Kong’s e-environment and fostering aninnovation and technology culture in the community.Hong Kong – A Mature E-societyAt the Mature Stage of e-development, essentially everyone is adopting e-technologies in the everyday life, with easy access to Internet connection and digitaldevices at an affordable cost. The use of e-means is integrated into every fabric of thesociety. Hong Kong, as a renowned knowledge-based city, the use of technology isprevalent and widely spread across various sectors and social groups. The followingwill explore in detail the characteristics of Hong Kong as a mature e-city.2
General TrendsThis section provides an overview of e-citizens’ demographics and mentality towardstechnology utilization, in order to gain a better insight into the current situation ofHong Kong.DemographicsAccording to the Census and Statistics Department (Figure 1), the number ofhouseholds with personal computers (PC) connected to the Internet has experienced arapid growth of 150% over the past 15 years, reaching 1.9 million in 2014 (refer toFigure 2). Another noteworthy phenomenon is that while more than 90% of citizensaged between 10 and 44 use PCs and surf the Internet, usage among senior citizenshas also increased from 3.2% to 69.9% from 2000 to 2014. This is probably due to theprevalence of mobile devices as the proportion of citizens accessing the Web viasmartphones reached around 95% in Hong Kong (Census and Statistics Department,2015). Besides, the rate of using Internet services among females is slightly lowerthan that among males. As one can see, e-technologies and e-devices are not exclusiveto the highly educated or the youth, but citizens from all walks of life.

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