17 Oct '11, 1am

Internet regulation: Dark clouds loom over "light touch" approach.

After a General Election in which online dissent left PAP politicians smarting, the government is considering new laws for the internet. It has hinted at stiffer regulation in its Addenda to the Presidential Address for the opening of the 12th Parliament. The Law Ministry says, "Amongst others, the proliferation of new media has brought about new challenges to the rule of law. MinLaw will review legislation to deal with harmful and unlawful online conduct." Some changes are probably warranted and overdue. In particular, ordinary citizens have inadequate privacy protection in an age of highly intrusive and omnipresent digital media. Children are also inadequately protected. But at issue is whether the intended legislation is instead directed at protecting the government from criticism. This depends on what the government considers "harmful". The Ministry of Information, Com...

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