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.
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.
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.
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 However, critics say the regulations are out-of-date in the digital age and existing safeguards are insufficient to protect citizens’ privacy rights.
They were abandoned as Hong Kong’s farming industry dwindled. Now Hong Kong’s cows and buffaloes roam the countryside they see as home. Some people see them as a nuisance, others as “indigenous” residents who should be protected.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover and transition from a British colony to a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. Some people will recall the tears of the last governor Chris Patten after he gave his farewell speech at Tamar. But for our generation, such scenes are known […]
The Hong Kong government is injecting a load of money to promote STEM education, but students seem to be less interested in studying science. Varsity explores the reasons behind.
More SEN students are pursuing tertiary level education, but the government has no defined policy on integrated education in these institutions. What support do these students need?
Hong Kong offers support for disabled people, but do little to help their children. Varsity explores the ups and downs of living with disabled parents.
District Councillor Au Nok-hin once thought working alongside more moderate democrats was like being in a “tug-of-war”, but he’s found his place after seven years in politics.