“Web Care Campaign 2010” Awards Presentation Ceremony
Ambassador Ms. Kay Tse joined guests
to award outstanding organizations and students
[Hong Kong, January 22, 2011] Internet Professional Association today hosted the “Web Care Campaign 2010” awards presentation ceremony at Olympic City 2, Mongkok. Guests including Ms. Joey Lam, JP, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer (Policy and Customer Service) of the OGCIO (Office of the Government Chief Information Officer), Dr. Hon Samson Tam, JP, Member of Legislative Council (Information Technology), Ms. Kay Tse, Web Care Ambassador and 2010 Outstanding Young Person, Ms. Christina Wong Ming Yan, the first visually impaired writer in Hong Kong and 2008 Outstanding Young Person were invited to join with Dr. Winnie Tang JP, President of Internet Professional Association, Ms. Yvonne Wong, Chairlady of the Web Care Campaign, Mr. Emil Chan, Chairman of Web Care Campaign Committee and Ms. Shirley Ma, Chairlady of School Web Care, to acknowledge participating organizations and students, as well as presenting awards to winners of “Web Care Campaign 2010”.
Established in 2001, the Web Care Campaign aims to make use of advance information technology in building a more harmonious and caring society. In 2010, the Campaign has launched a series of community, school and voluntary activities, under the theme of “Inclusive and Harmonious e-Generation” for promoting healthy web culture and information sharing to the younger generation.
At the ceremony, Dr. Winnie Tang JP, President of Internet Professional Association shared the encouraging results of the campaign with guests and media, “This year, about 200 websites were qualified as ‘No Barrier Websites’, which means more and more companies and organizations are aware of the importance of promoting e-inclusion culture in the society. The result is truly encouraging.
“This year, we have modified the qualifying criteria for ‘No Barrier Websites’, and introduced the four new awards namely, Diamond, Ruby, Jade as well as Certificate of Merit. With the new criteria and awards, we hope the qualifying websites can better facilitate the online needs of the people with disabilities, and to fulfill the ‘W3C’ requirements. It’s worth noting that the ‘Diamond Award” was chosen by the visually impaired and was approved by the W3C tests. The interface is specially designed to suit the needs of the visually impaired. This year, 5 websites have attained Diamond Award. In addition, we have 65 websites and 90 websites got the Ruby Award and Jade Award respectively. There is no certificate of merit this year. ”
“This year, School Web Care program has been very well received and got the support by 2202 students and parents which is the highest number of participants since its inception. In addition to internet café visits for parents, facebook and Weibo mircoblog workshops, we have also organized more than ten school seminars. The Safety & Healthy Use of the Internet Quiz Competition has attracted 1316 participants coming from 76 schools to join. The activities were also extended to primary schools.”
Finally, Dr. Tang extended her appreciation to the Government Information Office and various sponsors for their generous support in finance and resources. Dr. Tang is looking forward to an even more successful campaign in the coming year.
Ms. Yvonne Wong, Chairlady of Web Care Campaign remarked, “This year we were supported by 32 working committee members, 12 supporting organizations and 10 sponsors. It shows that both commercial and non- governmental organizations are working toward one goal, which is to promote healthy and safety information sharing online.” Ms. Wong hopes that each organization will keep up digital social responsibility and continue to create no barrier websites for seniors, blind or the disabled.”
At the ceremony, Web Care Campaign Ambassador and 2010 Ten Outstanding Young Person, Ms. Kay Tse presented awards to winners of “School Web Care” program and “The Most Active IT Promoting Parents and Teachers Association”. Ms. Tse also joined with Dr. Hon Samson Tam, JP, Member of Legislative Council (Information Technology) (1997 Outstanding Young Person), and Ms Christina Wong Ming Yan, the first visually impaired writer in Hong Kong and 2008 Outstanding Young Person at a sharing session, to discuss on “How to establish an accessible society through technology” with 2008 Outstanding Young Person, Vice President of Internet Professional Association, Mr. Witman Hung.
About the Web Care Campaign:
Internet Professional Association was set up with the aims of promoting internet usage and bridging digital divides in Hong Kong. In 2001, the association launched the Web Care Campaign and the No Barrier Website Awards, to encourage companies and institutions to building “no barrier” websites to cater the needs of different people in the society. In 2003, the School Web Care Campaign was introduced to educate the younger generation, how to enjoy using computer and internet with their families and improve communications among family members. In 2006, the association launched the E-inclusive Campaign to promote sharing of information. Today, Web Care Campaign addresses more issues of public concerns, including web culture, intellectual property rights online and web ethnics.
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