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Internet News Round-Up

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Follow the Singapore Internet Watch for the latest news on Singapore’s tech, internet economy, and digital politics! We have also updated our bibliographies on Singapore Internet Studies to include a section on smart cities and digital infrastructure.

Our Internet News Round-Up
Book on censorship censored in Singapore: IMDA has banned the distribution of Red Lines: Political Cartoons And The Struggle Against Censorship (by Cherian George and Sonny Liew) under the Undesirable Publications Act.
Facebook group disabled: A facebook group against vaccine-differentiated measures in Singapore has been disabled by Facebook for violating its community standards against “false information on COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm.”
Security and Surveillance
Probing Facebook: The past year saw a sharp increase in the number of requests from the Singapore government for Facebook to preserve user records for probes. According to the Straits Times:
The report also said the Government made 1,231 requests to Facebook for information covering 2,721 accounts from January to June this year, of which 74 per cent yielded some data.
Singapore firm blacklisted: A Singapore-based cybersecurity firm has been blacklisted by the US alongside high-profile firms that have drawn intense controversy over their surveillance of politicians, journalists and activists, such as Pegasus and Candiru.
Largest ever data breach: Hotel-booking website RedDoorz has been fined $74,000 after the largest ever data breach since the introduction of Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act. Nearly 5.9 million Southeast Asian customers were affected.
Automating surveillance: The PolCam project, which uses video analytics to reduce the time necessary to search for targets in surveillance footage (according to ST: “tracking criminals through surveillance cameras now works like a Google search”), has been awarded the Home Team Achievement Award:
“Besides attire, the system can detect anomalies like sudden crowding or people fighting, to help to expedite the search in playback of incidents,” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Kenneth Nge, 51, the assistant director of the police’s Operations Systems Division.
“It has helped us to solve crimes faster, when in the past, we would need thousands of hours to run through the process manually.”
Could Singapore eventually have a Digital Singapore Dollar? The Monetary Authority Singapore is building the infrastructure and competencies necessary for such a possibility, according to MAS’s Ravi Menon.
Southeast Asia’s internet economy booms: A report by Alphabet, Temasek and Bain & Company has forecasted that Southeast Asia’s internet economy is to grow to $1 trillion by 2030. The report also noted that there were 23 unicorns in the region in 2021, largely split between Singapore and Indonesia.
Digital Divides
The need for global digital standards: PM Lee has called for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group of countries to take the lead in setting global standards to improve participation in the digital economy.
Bibliographies on Singapore Internet Studies
We have updated our bibliographies on core issues in Singapore internet studies! Our bibliographies currently include:
These bibliographies are still being expanded and will be updated continually. Do you have any suggestions for inclusion? Let us know!
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