What is AMI?
Access My Info (AMI) is a web application that enables citizens to request access to their personal information with their telecommunication companies or internet service providers (ISP). It guides the user via a step-by-step wizard and generates a letter that can be sent to the telecommunication company or ISP.
Who are we?
The AMI project is a collaboration between Dr. Lokman Tsui from Chinese University of Hong Kong, In-media, Keyboard Frontline, Open Effect, and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (University of Toronto).
- Dr. Lokman Tsui is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Before he joined CUHK, he served as the Head of Free Expression for Asia and the Pacific at Google. His research interests include freedom of expression and internet policy.
- Hong Kong In-media 獨立媒體（香港）was founded in 2004 to propel the independent media movement. It aims at safeguarding speech, media and internet freedom by raising awareness through policy study, advocacy campaigns, public education and collaborations with other organisations. It is also active in engaging with policies related to the media environment and free speech.
- Keyboard Frontline was founded in 2011 and aims to protect the free and open internet environment in Hong Kong. It organises various activities such as protests, exhibitions, discussion forums and online lobbying to raise public awareness on the importance of internet freedom. It is currently engaged in issues such as internet freedom and security, online privacy and fair use of copyrighted work.
- The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (University of Toronto) and Open Effect in Canada initially developed the AMI web application in 2015. It was part of a broader effort in the Telecom Transparency Project to render Canadian telecommunications surveillance more transparent to the public, politicians, and policy analysts.
Our mission is twofold: 1) to raise public awareness on the importance of personal data protection and 2) to gain insight into how personal data is collected, processed and shared in Hong Kong. We do this by enabling the public to request access to their personal data with the major telecommunication companies and internet service providers.
Funding for AMI software development comes in part from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), and their Community Investment Program. In addition, Dr. Lokman Tsui received a small grant from the C-Centre at the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong to conduct this research project in Hong Kong.