In the future, we hope to continue our research on these concealed issues in the following three aspects:
Research direction (1): The battle for Open Information – Given the current government regime’s habitual concealment of basic information, data and documents of policies, it has become even harder for the civil society to lay the foundation for public discussion. Nonetheless, we have to try the limited options open to us as civil society to obtain crucial information in order to form a basis of which the public can use to understand different societal realities.
Research direction (2): Discover the truth from examining archived documents – As we enter into an age of policy volatility, the objectives of policies are often buried in all the official government rhetoric. It is necessary therefore to organise and analyze “mountainous” amount of archived documents, in addition to preserving them, to protect the truth and contextual objectives, to reflect the actual contemporary policy discussion so as to extract the information that is the most crucial, foretelling but also corresponding to the current situation. This strengthens the civil society’s discussion and forms the basis of which the public builds its views on.
Research direction (3): A survival strategy for civil society – In face of the unpredictable and numerous ways limitation to access of information, it has become an imperative to “back-up” the various crucial data in Hong Kong to build a data bank maintained and for the benefit of civil society for different policy discussions so that there is still a basis to which the public can form its opinion on. To take responsibility for our own materials, we will be holding a series of research workshops open to the public to confer practical skills of search, analyze, investigate and back-up etc. for the civil society to continue excavating, analyzing and preserving crucial data.