About us

About Us

CivicSight was launched in April 2020, coming together from Open Data Hong Kong (established March 2013) and AccessInfoHK (established May 2015), a portal to help the Hong Kong public access public data. Together we formed CivicSight, a platform to increase access to public data and to support people to make sense of the information they receive. CivicSight is registered as a charity in the United States and housed within the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.

We are excited to be part of a robust community that believes in sharing data to nurture innovation and improve our lives. Building from Open Data Hong Kong’s facilitation of over 50 meetups, hackathons and conferences our outreach has engaged thousands of data professionals and members of the Hong Kong public, getting them excited about the power of data. It engaged with the Hong Kong Government, and educated the public with the publication of opinion articles in the media and peer reviewed policy research. We are linked and engaged with international Open Data networks and are a local group of the Open Knowledge Foundation International Network.

What We Do

To improve governance and support the public in shaping their future, CivicSight equips researchers, advocates and broader civil society with access to reliable information and data, original research, and policy analysis.

We Do This By

Incubating projects that bring together data and transparency to expand and improve the civic space in Hong Kong. Please contact us if you have a project that you think will fit with our mission and vision and we can see how we can explore how we work together.

Who we are

Our Team

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Piya Muqit

Founder/Co-Director

Piya Muqit has been working in the field of human rights since 1997 and is an access to justice specialist. She has worked in the UK, USA, France, Bangladesh and Hong Kong and was most recently the Head of UK policy for UNICEF UK and the Executive Director of Justice Centre Hong Kong. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from LSE and SOAS, and a Master’s degree in Child Studies from King’s College London and is a member of the Bar in both Scotland, having trained at the Faculty of Advocates, and in England and Wales having trained at Doughty Street and Garden Court Chambers.

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Dr Scott Edmunds

Founder

With a research background and PhD in Molecular Pathology, as well as experience in Open Access publishing, Scott works on reproducible research and scientific data publishing projects as the Editor-in-Chief for GigaScience. Being involved in open science, citizen science and crowdsourcing projects, and seeing first hand the benefits of releasing scientific data quicker, he is keen to promote, aid and share his expertise in this area. As a co-founder of citizen science organisations Bauhinia Genome and CitizenScience.Asia he also teaches data management and curation at The University of Hong Kong.

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Dr Guy Freeman

Founder

Guy is a data scientist with a BA degree in mathematics from the University of Oxford and MSc and PhD degrees in statistics from the University of Warwick. Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health working on modelling influenza prevalence and experiment design, he has been helping startups, corporations and nonprofits accelerate their data science and engineering initiatives. He is also part of the d5.ai data science collaborative.

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Jade Anderson

Co-Director

Jade Anderson is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Australian National University. She has been working in human rights-based development since 2002 for local and international NGOs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South Africa and Hong Kong and with the UNHCR in Australia. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development and a Master’s in International Development.

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Piya Muqit

Founder/Co-Director

Piya Muqit has been working in the field of human rights since 1997 and is an access to justice specialist. She has worked in the UK, USA, France, Bangladesh and Hong Kong and was most recently the Head of UK policy for UNICEF UK and the Executive Director of Justice Centre Hong Kong. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from LSE and SOAS, and a Master’s degree in Child Studies from King’s College London and is a member of the Bar in both Scotland, having trained at the Faculty of Advocates, and in England and Wales having trained at Doughty Street and Garden Court Chambers.

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Dr Scott Edmunds

Founder

With a research background and PhD in Molecular Pathology, as well as experience in Open Access publishing, Scott works on reproducible research and scientific data publishing projects as the Editor-in-Chief for GigaScience. Being involved in open science, citizen science and crowdsourcing projects, and seeing first hand the benefits of releasing scientific data quicker, he is keen to promote, aid and share his expertise in this area. As a co-founder of citizen science organisations Bauhinia Genome and CitizenScience.Asia he also teaches data management and curation at The University of Hong Kong.

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Dr Guy Freeman

Founder

Guy is a data scientist with a BA degree in mathematics from the University of Oxford and MSc and PhD degrees in statistics from the University of Warwick. Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health working on modelling influenza prevalence and experiment design, he has been helping startups, corporations and nonprofits accelerate their data science and engineering initiatives. He is also part of the d5.ai data science collaborative.

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Jade Anderson

Co-Director

Jade Anderson is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Australian National University. She has been working in human rights-based development since 2002 for local and international NGOs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South Africa and Hong Kong and with the UNHCR in Australia. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development and a Master’s in International Development.

Board of Directors

Piya Muqit

President of the Board

Piya Muqit has been working in the field of human rights since 1997 and is an access to justice specialist. She has worked in the UK, USA, France, Bangladesh and Hong Kong and was most recently the Head of UK policy for UNICEF UK and the Executive Director of Justice Centre Hong Kong. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from LSE and SOAS, and a Master’s degree in Child Studies from King’s College London and is a member of the Bar in both Scotland, having trained at the Faculty of Advocates, and in England and Wales having trained at Doughty Street and Garden Court Chambers.

Piya Muqit

President of the Board
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Piya Muqit has been working in the field of human rights since 1997 and is an access to justice specialist. She has worked in the UK, USA, France, Bangladesh and Hong Kong and was most recently the Head of UK policy for UNICEF UK and the Executive Director of Justice Centre Hong Kong. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from LSE and SOAS, and a Master’s degree in Child Studies from King’s College London and is a member of the Bar in both Scotland, having trained at the Faculty of Advocates, and in England and Wales having trained at Doughty Street and Garden Court Chambers.

Elizabeth Wickeri

Vice-President of the Board

Elisabeth Wickeri is Executive Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School and Adjunct Professor of Law. She focuses her research and writing on access to justice with a focus on Asia. She is also a Course Director with the International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs. Elisabeth served as Chair of the International Human Rights Committee at the New York City Bar Association from 2012-2015, and currently serves on the Association’s Council on International Affairs, Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, and Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation. Elisabeth received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor for the Review of Law & Social Change. She received her B.A. in History, cum laude, from Smith College, and also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

Elizabeth Wickeri

Vice-President of the Board
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Elisabeth Wickeri is Executive Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School and Adjunct Professor of Law. She focuses her research and writing on access to justice with a focus on Asia. She is also a Course Director with the International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs. Elisabeth served as Chair of the International Human Rights Committee at the New York City Bar Association from 2012-2015, and currently serves on the Association’s Council on International Affairs, Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, and Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation. Elisabeth received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor for the Review of Law & Social Change. She received her B.A. in History, cum laude, from Smith College, and also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

Thomas Kellogg

Vice-President of the Board

Thomas E. Kellogg is Executive Director of the Center for Asian Law in Georgetown University, where he oversees various programs related to law and governance in Asia. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Professor Kellogg was Director of the East Asia Program at the Open Society Foundations. At OSF, he oversaw the expansion of the Foundation’s work in China, and also launched its work on Taiwan and North and South Korea. During his time at OSF, Professor Kellogg focused most closely on civil society development, legal reform, and human rights. He also oversaw work on a range of other issues, including public health, environmental protection, and media development. Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Professor Kellogg was a Senior Fellow at the China Law Center at Yale Law School. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. He holds degrees from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and Hamilton College.

Thomas Kellogg

Vice-President of the Board
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Thomas E. Kellogg is Executive Director of the Center for Asian Law in Georgetown University, where he oversees various programs related to law and governance in Asia. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Professor Kellogg was Director of the East Asia Program at the Open Society Foundations. At OSF, he oversaw the expansion of the Foundation’s work in China, and also launched its work on Taiwan and North and South Korea. During his time at OSF, Professor Kellogg focused most closely on civil society development, legal reform, and human rights. He also oversaw work on a range of other issues, including public health, environmental protection, and media development. Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Professor Kellogg was a Senior Fellow at the China Law Center at Yale Law School. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. He holds degrees from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and Hamilton College.

Jennifer Trovillion

Secretary and Treasurer

Jenni Trovillion serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of CivicSight’s Board of Directors, bringing her longstanding commitment to human rights and non-profit management expertise to the organization. Jenni has spent more than 20 years working on criminal justice issues in the United States, ranging from anti-death penalty work to improving conditions of confinement in U.S. prisons and jails. Jenni is a Vice President at Impact Justice, a national innovation and research center advancing new ideas and solutions for justice reform, and is lead in their Washington, DC office. Since 2012, Jenni has co-directed the National Resource Center for the Elimination of Prison Rape in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, and is passionate about ending sexual abuse in confinement.

Jennifer Trovillion

Secretary and Treasurer
Jennifer Trovillion

Jenni Trovillion serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of CivicSight’s Board of Directors, bringing her longstanding commitment to human rights and non-profit management expertise to the organization. Jenni has spent more than 20 years working on criminal justice issues in the United States, ranging from anti-death penalty work to improving conditions of confinement in U.S. prisons and jails. Jenni is a Vice President at Impact Justice, a national innovation and research center advancing new ideas and solutions for justice reform, and is lead in their Washington, DC office. Since 2012, Jenni has co-directed the National Resource Center for the Elimination of Prison Rape in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, and is passionate about ending sexual abuse in confinement.

Dr Isabella Ng Fung-sheung

Board Member

Dr Ng is an Assistant Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). She received her PhD in Gender Studies from SOAS, London. She obtained her MPhil in Journalism and BA in English Literature at Hong Kong Baptist University and MA in Comparative Literature in the University College London. Her research focusses on Gender and Development in Asia, Feminist Geography, Feminist Research methods, anthropology of migration; migrants and diaspora, rural villages in Hong Kong and China and media studies, by drawing mainly on her training in anthropological research methods. Prior to joining EduHK, she taught in the University of Macau and the Community College, City University of Hong Kong. She also worked as a reporter for Time magazine, covering the Greater China region. She is also the founder of Hong Kong Society for Asylum-Seekers and refugees, which fights for the rights of the asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong and supports their needs.

Dr Isabella Ng Fung-sheung

Board Member
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Dr Ng is an Assistant Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). She received her PhD in Gender Studies from SOAS, London. She obtained her MPhil in Journalism and BA in English Literature at Hong Kong Baptist University and MA in Comparative Literature in the University College London. Her research focusses on Gender and Development in Asia, Feminist Geography, Feminist Research methods, anthropology of migration; migrants and diaspora, rural villages in Hong Kong and China and media studies, by drawing mainly on her training in anthropological research methods. Prior to joining EduHK, she taught in the University of Macau and the Community College, City University of Hong Kong. She also worked as a reporter for Time magazine, covering the Greater China region. She is also the founder of Hong Kong Society for Asylum-Seekers and refugees, which fights for the rights of the asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong and supports their needs.

Jade Anderson

Board Member

Jade Anderson is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Australian National University. She has been working in human rights-based development since 2002 for local and international NGOs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South Africa and Hong Kong and with the UNHCR in Australia. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development and a Master’s in International Development.

Jade Anderson

Board Member
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Jade Anderson is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Australian National University. She has been working in human rights-based development since 2002 for local and international NGOs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South Africa and Hong Kong and with the UNHCR in Australia. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development and a Master’s in International Development.

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