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2007 Board Election

Candidates: Charles Mok, Hong Kong, China

Why am I running?

In the past 20 years, I have taken on many different roles in Internet development: user, ISP, government, ccTLD, business and NGO. As the world becomes more dependent on the Internet as a critical infrastructure, a primary media of communications and a primary source of innovation and growth, ISOC needs to develop to be a stronger and more influential voice, and a global unifying force on all levels, from local and regional and national and global.

However, it is also clear that in my region of the world, Internet governance and policy issues are not well understood or even taken seriously by the community, and even governments. I believe that my role on ISOC BOT will enable me to focus the attention of the stakeholders on these issues and expand ISOC's role in Asia and China in particular, and improve the links and shorten the distance of our region with the rest of the world.

The key issues that I have a keen interest in include: digital copyright, open knowledge, digital inclusion, free speech on the Internet, education, critical infrastructure, security, consumer protection, corporate social responsibilities.

Why can I get the job done?

I believe I have the experience and leadership records in business, government advisory, political, trade/professional associations and NGOs to be a successful member of ISOC BOT. In particular, my background and direct experience with with ISP, telecom, ccTLD, sTLD, IT vendors and of course users enable me to develop balanced perspectives on issues.My diverse international cultural exposure is also an asset for me to work with people and organizations from all over the world.

I get involved to make a difference.As one of the early entrepreneurs in the ISP business more than 10 years ago, we were confronted by many regulatory problems and anti-competitive behavior from the incumbent telecom operator, so I co-organized the industry stakeholders to form the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA) to deal with the government, users, and all levels of society, when it was most critical to focus and set the proper development course for the Internet when it was going through its most rapid phase of growth. We fought unreasonable regulations, unfair competition and attempts to interfere from other sectors.We protected freedom of access to information, and we did all we could to improve our infrastructure.

By now, of course, we enjoy among the highest Internet penetration in the world. I cannot claim credit for myself but the experience gained over the years should make it possible for me to share our experience with the rest of the world.

For instance, since 2004, I have worked with the social and human services agencies in Hong Kong to establish the "tripartite partnership" (government, industry, agencies/NGOs) of the Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) which successfully funded many local social and human services agencies to conduct various creative and genuinely useful programs to shorten the digital divide and generate new opportunities for the under-privileged in the community. If we could set up this bridge in Hong Kong, I believe and I hope I can help duplicate the same with colleagues that share the same vision elsewhere in the world.

Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK) is now actively engaged on several fronts.When our region was virtually cut off from the rest of the Internet world after Christmas last year, because of the cable damage caused by the Taiwan earthquake, we first helped the local community and the media understand the real situation and put things in the proper perspective.Then, as users we initiated a number of remedial measures with the ISPs, government, business and residential users, including educational programs for users most affected by the interruption, for instance, the small and medium enterprises.We also promote the free knowledge movement for instance, we co-organized the first Chinese Wikimedia Conference in Hong Kong with wikipedians from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.We are now planning on several joint activities with our counterparts in Mainland China and Taiwan.

Who am I?

I am the founding and current chairman of Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK).I co-founded one of the earliest Internet service providers in Hong Kong in 1994 HKNet, sold to NTT of Japan (1999-2000) and was the past chairman (1998-2000) and co-founder (1996) of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association (HKISPA).I was the president (2000-2005) of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF), the largest IT trade association in Hong Kong.

I am affiliated in various capacities with several technology startups (Internet and mobile applications) in Hong Kong and China Computancy Limited, Darizi Limited, Globe Technology Development Limited, Piperix Media Limited, Snappa International Limited.

I am on the Policy Advisory Board of dotMobi, the operator for ".mobi", the sponsored top level domain operator dedicated for mobile Internet. From 2002 to 2004, I was a director of Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation (HKIRC), the ccTLD registry of .hk.

Locally, I am a member of many government statutory bodies or advisory committees, in the areas of IT and telecommunications, economic development, trade, healthcare, transport, education and consumer protection.

In terms of international exposure, I spent more than twelve years in the United States (1982-1994). I graduated from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA) with BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. From 1988 to 1993, I worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in Massachusetts and California, in software engineering and pre-sales. From 1993 to 1994, I was with Sun Microsystems in international channel management, covering Mexico, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Currently I am also a part-time Ph.D. student of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE), Shanghai, China, in Enterprise Management.

I look forward to getting to know you, and for you to know me: or .