The TraceTogether app in Singapore has been controversial since its inception. While it may ultimately prove very successful, there is a worry that it plays on the fears of citizens and will increase levels of distrust in the local community.
678 members of New Naratif’s community responded to stage 2 of The Citizens’ Agenda, and they were very clear about the biggest issues facing Singapore and what they want politicians to talk about at the next election.
Colonial era laws have been maintained and used to silence critics in Brunei. But it’s not just about the law; the entrenched fear of speaking out is so deep that people self-censor even if actual prosecution is uncommon.
Singapore’s “fake news” bill is based upon dubious assumptions which are not supported by the science of media effects studies. Instead, research shows it is the absence of democracy that creates an environment where disinformation acts oppressively.
On 28 January 2019, Singapore’s Ministry of Health revealed that the personal data of 14,200 people living with HIV had been leaked. The news has drawn attention to both the stigma against HIV and concerns over data collection and protection in Singapore.
A weekly round-up of the stories to watch in Southeast Asia: a tragic earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, a dispute over Duterte’s comments regarding a Filipino on death row in Indonesia, and a probe into a cyberattack in Singapore.
A weekly round-up of the stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Typhoon Mangkhut does damage in the Philippines and heads towards Vietnam’s far north, a former Indonesian president threatens to sue a website, and Kim Kardashian turns out to be another beneficiary of fugitive Malaysian businessman Jho Low’s “generosity”.
The stories to watch in Southeast Asia this week: a cyber-attack on personal data and health information in Singapore, while Suharto’s son announces he’ll run as a legislative candidate in Papua Province in next year’s elections.
A look ahead at the stories to watch in Southeast Asia this week. Is the region going to be able to host a World Cup soon? Meanwhile, Duterte has a frightening new plan.