19 Nov '11, 4pm

Smarter online government-people engagement #singapore

Smarter online government-people engagement #singapore

On the one hand, with so many people now using the internet to voice their opinions, the government realises that it can no longer ignore what is being said. It can no longer ignore the expectation that opinions so aired should be acknowledged and acted upon. On the other hand, on many issues, the views springing from the ground are multifarious. One cannot please everybody. Moreover, many opinions are either not knowledge-based or suffer from little prior deliberation. Even with all the will in the world, it is very hard to engage seriously with those who want something without first thinking through what they want. In Singapore, the problem is compounded by a history of government attempts to paint the digital sphere as unworthy of engagement. Hard though engaging may be, it is made doubly so because the government must first swallow its pride, repudiate its previous sta...

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