H.K. Heads Toward China-Style Content Firewall: Lecturer

Jul.08 — Sharron Fast, lecturer of media law at the University of Hong Kong, looks at what the new security law China imposed on the city means for media and technology companies. Hours after Hong Kong announced sweeping new powers to police the internet on Monday night, companies including Facebook Inc., Google, Twitter Inc. , Microsoft Corp. and Zoom Video Communications Inc. suspended requests for data from the Hong Kong government. Fast speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia.”

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