FAKE NEWS GETS REAL

What happened? The Singapore Parliament has tabled the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill on 1 April. This provides the state more power to deal with online falsehoods (online facts that are false and misleading). With this bill, any minister can make requests…

CAN UK FINALLY BREX-YEET OUT OF EU?

The Deadline Looms Near UK has been set a 12 April deadline to either pass the Brexit deal agreed upon with Brussels, settle on an alternative or leave the EU without an agreement, commonly known as “no-deal Brexit”. If UK leaves with “no-deal”, there…

BIG BROTHER IS SCREENING

What happened? The Chinese government’s citizen surveillance program that is powered by high-tech cameras and facial-recognition algorithms may seem strangely reminiscent of the popular dystopian Netflix program, Black Mirror. However, for the citizens and residents of China, it is a living reality. With over…

WE CAN’T HANDLE A FREE INTERNET

What happened? Last Saturday, 30 March 2019, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, published an op-ed in the Washington Post. In his op-ed, he called for new global regulations governing the Internet and recommended overarching rules for online content and data. Zuckerberg is suggesting…

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

What Happened? More than 800,000 blood donors in Singapore may potentially have had their personal information illegally accessed and stolen. This was due to a mishandling of personal data by Secur Solutions Group (SSG), a vendor hired by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). The…

HENG AH GOT CHINESE PM

Keat believe this. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat spoke at an NTU forum on 28 March. Mr Heng, who is expected to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, answered questions on having a minority race as Prime Minister (PM). He said that when the…