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Monthly Archives: September 2004

Code of Practice on Employee Monitoring

I wish to share my concern on the recent PCO consultation document on Draft Code of Practice on Monitoring and Personal Data Privacy at Work, to be launched under the PDPO. I see it as a potential opportunity for general office managers, HR managers and IT managers, all EO core duties. We had better give […]

Employee monitoring

I have been keeping track of the trend in technology development which could be deployed in employee monitoring. While there are justified reasons for such technology, it infringes on the personal privacy of employees. There has been concern worldwide on such privacy infringement. In Hong Kong, the Privacy Commissioner’s Office is drawing up guidelines on […]

e-Government strategy – EGRIN

I wish to liken the e-government at a grand scale to the e-services of EGRIN at a smaller scale. Both are facing the same issues. CITB has made the move to enhance e-government. The strategy announced is quite applicable to EGRIN. The e-government strategy is a very good pointer of the direction that we should […]

e-Government strategy – IT management

Notwithstanding the effect of the e-government strategy on all aspects of the work of EOs, the fundamental impact is on IT management. While managers engaged in all types of duties will eventually be involved in the application of IT, there are specific changes on the use of the technology in tandem with the e-government strategy […]

e-Government strategy – general management

General management and IT management have mingled to a large extent. In small departments, EO colleagues in general management are all involved in the management of the office network and also the department website. The initiatives raised in the booklet, viz. accessibility to modern office equipment and network equipment, the authentication and security issues, public […]

e-Government strategy – Financial Management

A less observed but equally important area in the strategy is financial management. In fact, government accounting is among the first projects to make use of IT. The LAFIS has been extended to all departments many years ago. The hardware and services of LAFIS are provided by the Treasury and EOs in finance just need […]

e-Government strategy – Networking

Although the e-Government strategy basically rides on the use of IT. Its effect is on many facets of management work. In particular, when G2E applications are concerned, there is heavy impact on the work of HR managers. The way that HR managers interact with staff has already changed and will change further with more intensive […]

e-Government strategy – eLearning

The first thing in the booklet that caught my eye is that eLearning has been included as the first initiative under the strategy. With improved accessibility to the network for most staff, eLearning is regarded as an essential G2E application. Many departments have already engaged in eLearning, in particular the CSTDI’s Cyber Learning Centre (CLC) […]

e-Government strategy

Colleagues may have already received the booklet on e-Government strategy issued by CITB. The title is Government – Creating value for all. If you have not read it, a copy can be viewed at the following link. It is a follow-up document to 2004 Digital 21 Strategy, and outlines what the government has done and […]

Open source systems in government

With all the talks on open source systems, IT managers may wonder what should be done with the large number of software in their office. Most of us are bound by MS Windows both at workstation and server level. How about the free Linus. Don’t be intimidated by another type of server administration. IT managers […]