Thursday, 21 April 2016

HK Gov't Not Quite Tech Savvy

So many government apps, but not very useful
Some Hong Kong government bureaucrats are desperate to demonstrate they're cool by developing mobile apps for their respective departments.

MyObservatory most popular
However, not all of them seem useful, at least according to the government's auditor.

The Audit Commission found last year there were 127 apps launched by 36 government departments at a cost of HK$38 million.

The commission concludes some lacked any useful features, were virtual copies of their department websites, and cost tens of millions of dollars to develop.

As expected, the most popular app is MyObservatory launched by the Hong Kong Observatory in 2010 to give users the most up to date weather information. It was the first government app and had more than 5 million downloads last year.

On the other end of the scale the poorest download rate was the Education Bureau's Eye Care for Hong Kong Students, with only 89 downloads last year. The next worst were a series of apps developed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Hardly any people downloaded this app
The commission sad the departments with a lacklustre showing needed to "enhance the app content to attract more people" to use them.

In addition, the auditor examined 31 apps by government departments for one-off events, of the 31, 23 had already been decommissioned, mainly because of low download rates.

So it looks like the government doesn't quite know how to make effective mobile apps which is ironic considering it is pushing for Hong Kong to be an innovative technology hub...




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