Unions Strike Back

Permanent, stable employment is quickly becoming a thing of the past as businesses around the world increasingly hire freelancers and casual labour. For some young people, working as freelancers in the so-called gig economy promises flexibility and freedom but some are fast discovering the flipside of casual work arrangements and are beginning to unionise.

November 2017 – Out of sight, out of mind

A rare spotlight has been shone on prison life lately, a result of so many prominent Hong Kong figures behind bars or facing prison...

Rough Justice

After years of suffering in silence, former juvenile offenders are speaking up about alleged abuse by prison officers in Hong Kong's detention centres for young offenders. They say the current complaints system for reporting cases of abuse is ineffective and lacks independence.

One Country, Two Prison Systems

Hong Kong people who are detained in the Mainland find themselves grappling with unfamiliar legal, judicial and prison systems, and with little or no help from Hong Kong authorities.

Women on the Inside

Hong Kong has the highest ratio of women as a percentage of the prison population in the world. Varsity takes a look at the plight of female prisoners, including those incarcerated with their babies and those who may be human trafficking victims.

April 2017 – Information and its Discontents

We live in a post-information revolution age where we are deluged with information and data. How we make sense and make use of this information presents complex challenges. This issue of Varsity explores some of the complex issues around information in our society today.

Files Not Found

Despite lobbying from archivists and activists, Hong Kong still doesn't have an archives law, which means the government can casually destroy documents or fail to keep records of internal communications. When it comes to researching Hong Kong's history, scholars, journalists and members of the public are forced to rely on Britain's national archives.

Not So Open Data

Hong Kong currently ranks 37 among 97 countries in the Open Data Index but the city has set ambitious goals to be 'smarter'. But without legislating for access to information, and without providing data in friendlier fomats, those ambitions will be hard to realise, say open data advocates.

Watching me, watching you

The government is allowed to intercept and carry out surveillance on private citizens in the name of public security and there are laws to regulate the snooping. However, critics say the regulations are out-of-date in the digital age and existing safeguards are insufficient to protect citizens' privacy rights.

March 2017 – Twenty Years Later

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong's sovereignty from Britain to China in 1997. That was the year in which most of the reporters working on this issue of Varsity were born. In Periscope, we take a look back on some of the issues that have shaped Hong Kong in the past 20 years.

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It is a misconception that Hong Kong doesn’t have enough international school places. In fact, there are too many, says Ruth Benny from Top Schools.

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Telling Hong Kong’s Story

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The mainland Chinese government is in charge of Hong Kong's foreign affairs, but some Hongkongers think their views are not being represented and have taken on "civic diplomacy" to tell the world about Hong Kong, through organising city tours, as well as musical performances and protests abroad.