Technology, Policy and Law Lab

Co-Directors

  • Prof TAN Cheng-Han, Dean, School of Law
  • Prof Tat Kei Alfred HO, Head, Department of Public Policy

Objectives

Developments in technology has had and will continue to have a significant impact on society. These include the blurring of the online and offline worlds; issues relating to artificial intelligence and digitalization; online harms; e-government; contentious politics; provision and sale of digital services; use of data; and the future of business/commerce, work and education. Many of these themes link directly to the subject of Digital Society, which is one of the University’s strategic research areas. These themes are also consistent with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Law’s scholarly and research mission to engage in innovative interdisciplinary and cutting edge research to solve complex issues and challenges facing the world. The proposed Lab will interrogate, from an inter-disciplinary perspective, issues that societies, including Hong Kong and the world, are grappling with as a result of such developments. This is in line with CPAL’s mission of constructing a world class research centre on the interdisciplinary study of public affairs and law. The collaboration between scholars from diverse disciplines, in particular law, public policy, and communications promises to produce high impact research with many of the themes also speaking to the Centre’s purpose of promoting studies to mitigate uncertainty and change, and deliver solutions to enhance diversity, resilience and reconciliation in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

The lab will focus initially on 4 areas:

  1. The impact of technology on societies, including online harms such as disinformation, terrorism, and cybercrime.
  2. Platform and media regulation.
  3. Environment and sustainability, including green finance, energy transitions, and environmental governance.
  4. Artificial intelligence and ethics.

Deliverables

Over the initial 2-year period, the deliverables include a seminar or conference, an external grant application, and an accepted or published journal article in a top tier journal in the humanities, law or social sciences.

Members

  • Prof Min XIE, Professor, Department of Advanced Design and Systems Engineering; Chair Professor, School of Data Science
  • Dr Fen LIN, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication
  • Prof Yu-li LIU, Head, Department of Media and Communication
  • Dr Yuan WANG, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication
  • Prof Ruiping FAN, Professor, Department of Public Policy
  • Dr DONG Liang, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy
  • Dr Nicole LIU, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy
  • Dr WANG, June, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy
  • Prof Xiaoling ZHANG, Professor, Department of Public Policy
  • Dr Carrie DING Chunyan, Associate Professor, School of Law
  • Dr Meng FANG Mandy, Assistant, School of Law
  • Dr HE Tianxiang, Assistant Professor, School of Law
  • Prof Martin LAI Sin Chit, Professor, School of Law
  • Dr Elena SHERSTOBOEVA, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media; Assistant Professor, School of Law
  • Dr Julia TOMASETTI, Assistant Professor, School of Law
  • Prof Mikis TSIMPLIS, Professor, School of Law
  • Prof WAN Wai Yee, Professor, School of Law