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香港大學與Facebook推出「Tech for Good Initiative」計劃

香港大學(港大)與Facebook今天(9月17日)簽署合作協議,宣布推出「Tech for Good Initiative」計劃。港大與Facebook承諾,「Tech for Good Initiative」將以融入社會、有利可持續發展,以及具包容性的經濟增長方向為大前題,在治理和公共政策上利用人工智能(AI)和大數據,加強制度性科技創新。

「Tech for Good Initiative」合作協議在港大社會科學學院署理院長葉兆輝教授以及Facebook 大中華區總裁梁幼莓的見證下,由港大公民社會與治理研究中心總監林維峯教授以及Facebook大中華、蒙古、及中亞區總經理陳澍代表簽署。

作為「Tech for Good Initiative」框架的一部分,港大和Facebook共同設計了一個名為「人工智能政策實驗室 – 數碼治理的機遇與挑戰」(POLI8023 / SLGP7104)的新課程。該課程由港大社會科學學院的學者,以及Facebook來自不同領域包括公共政策、企業可持續性、數據私隱、自動化、錯誤信息、法律和內容規則的專家授課。港大公共行政碩士(MPA)、國際關係學碩士(MIPA)及永續發展領導力與治理碩士(MSocSc SLG)等課程的學生均可報讀。

此外,港大將與Facebook共同推出全新「Facebook – 香港大學公共政策獎學金」,支持學生和年青學者每年開發專注於人工智能(AI)、擴增實境/虛擬現實(AR/VR)、倫理、網絡安全和公共政策相關領域的公共政策研究項目。「Tech for Good Initiative」設在公民社會與治理研究中心,由港大代表林維峯教授和Facebook 代表陳澍擔任聯合主任。

林教授表示:「我很高興香港大學能夠與Facebook合作建立這個富有意義的計劃。我們會陸續推出一系列令人振奮的教學、研究和社區外展活動。港大學生將有機會到Facebook的矽谷總部作實地考察,加上全新『Facebook公共政策獎學金』快將成立,這將令許多年輕學者獲益良多。我們期望在可持續發展的社會中,這些研究和社區外展計劃有助進一步建立道德地使用人工智能和大數據的生態系統。」

陳澍表示:「Facebook與香港大學的合作,為我們現與其他國際知名學術機構的合作增色不少。我很高興能藉此計劃,將優秀的港大學者和 Facebook 專家聚在一起,共同應付科技與政策相互影響所帶來的嶄新挑戰。我亦期待高質量的研究論文每年能透過『Tech for Good Initiative』發表,這肯定會對香港及其他地方帶來積極的政策影響。」

在「Tech for Good Initiative」框架下,三個系列的研究論文包括科技防護、科技共享及科技治理將於未來三年發表。而作為社區外展計劃的一部分,一項以人工智能為重點的行動研究將於 2022 年發表。該項目將尋求公民社會的持份者,以及各個社區的成員參與,詳情將在今年年底公佈。

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Misinformation Policy Manager, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Jenna is a Product Policy Manager on Facebook’s Misinformation Policy team. She specialises in global health misinformation and misinformation in the Asia-Pacific region, and is based in Singapore.

Product Policy Manager, Inauthentic Behavior, Facebook

Sam Traynor is the Product Policy manager for Inauthentic behavior at Facebook. For almost the last decade he has been working in the integrity space in variety of roles and companies mainly focusing on protecting user voice, the authenticity of conversations, and the integrity of the civic process.

Head of Content Regulation, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Meg Chang is the Content Regulation Policy Lead for Facebook in the APAC region. Prior to this role, she was an Elections Manager and led Facebook’s election integrity efforts across EMEA, including the European Elections, the UK general election, and the Polish parliamentary and presidential elections, among many others. Before Facebook, she was the head of operations and publisher at EUobserver, a Brussels-based EU political and investigative news outlet. She also worked as a management consultant for Global 1000 companies in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. She studied politics and law at the University of Kent in the UK.

Public Policy Research Manager, Data for Good, Facebook

Alex Pompe is a Research Manager on Facebook’s Data for Good team. This team builds privacy-protecting data sets to aid response work for natural disasters and public health crises (here is a recent example from the COVID19 response: https://research.fb.com/blog/2020/06/protecting-privacy-in-facebook-mobility-data-during-the-covid-19-response/). Previously, Alex led the growth team at a startup scaling the company to 35 countries over 3 years. Prior to this he worked on access to information and Internet programs for 6 years at an international NGO called IREX; first in Ukraine, next in Namibia, and then in Washington DC. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching mathematics in Namibia from 2006 to 2008. Alex holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, and an MS from the University of Michigan (where he also taught astrophysics.) He has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Maryland’s School of Information.

Public Policy Manager, Hong Kong, Facebook

Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Raina is the Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, APAC for Facebook. She is a lawyer by training and is a former regulator, having previously worked at the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in the position of Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Legal, Policy & Research). Prior to joining the Hong Kong data protection authority, Raina had extensive legal in-house experience and held management positions in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. She served as the Assistant Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Hong Kong Disneyland and was the Deputy Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Shanghai Disney Resort during the initial construction stage of the project when she helped set up the legal function at the Shanghai Disney Resort. Raina held a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chan’s primary research concerns the institutions that shape the consumption and distortion of information in different organizational settings. His current research explores how bureaucrats handle information and the impact of institutions on their choices.

Ongoing projects deal with different aspects of bureaucratic control in authoritarian regimes, such as administrative oversight, juridical intervention, internal reporting, and legislative decision-making.

He holds a PhD Degree in Public Policy from the O’Neill School of Public and Environment Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington.

Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Winnie Law is the Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development, community planning and environmental management. She also works with a team of researchers and conducts policy research, action research and knowledge exchange projects on rural revitalization, social innovation, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Dr Law has been a director of the Conservancy Association since 2005 and has served on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including Advisory Council for the Environment. At the regional level, Dr Law was commissioned by the EU and UNDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their city planning and environmental management programmes in Vietnam. Dr Law was one of the invited speakers for the first TedxTongChongSt’s series on Hacking the Future and delivered a talk on Future of Sustainability in 2019.

Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam is Director of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG), and Professor in Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He finished his undergraduate study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Lam is an expert in common-pool resource management, institutional policy analysis, public governance, and civil society. His research has focused on the design of efficient institutional arrangements for the governance and management of public resources, a core issue in public administration and sustainable development. Professor Lam has served on the editorial committees of Public Administration Review (PAR), International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), and Asian Politics and Policy (APP), and is co-editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA).

Director of Public Policy, Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, Facebook

George Chen joined Facebook in January 2016 as the company’s first-ever policy representative based in Hong Kong, home for Facebook in the Greater China region. Currently as the Public Policy Director for Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, George serves as Facebook’s “ambassador” to engage with the people and governments across the vast and diverse regions.

Prior to Facebook, George has worked in the media sector for about 15 years. George was a 2014 Yale World Fellow and a 2015 fellow of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. George is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hong Kong where he focuses his research on freedom of expression and misinformation.