Seminar on Internet Regulatory Reform, Sat 21 Jun, 2pm

There will be a public forum this Saturday, 21 June 2008, on Internet regulatory reform. Organised by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, it aims to contribute ideas to the government’s ongoing review of Internet regulations. It will discuss the proposals submitted to the government recently by a group of independent bloggers.

Mr Arun Mahizhnan, Deputy Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, will provide a bird’s eye view with his opening remarks. Members of the bloggers’ initiative for Internet reform will present the key elements of their proposals, and there will lots of time set aside for questions and open debate.

Says Assistant Professor Cherian George from the Wee Kim Wee School:
“Some of the key issues to be discussed are deeply contentious, even within the blogging community. We don’t expect a consensus at the end of the day, but we can at least aim for a better understanding of the various positions.”

Mr Choo Zheng Xi, an editor-in-chief of The Online Citizen: “Public awareness and discussion are critical. It is important that as many stakeholders as possible are involved in shaping the future of newmedia, and there is no more important stakeholder than every single member of the public.”

Mr Tan Tarn How, a media researcher with the Institute of Policy Studies: “The proposals call for a fundamental reassessment of Singapore’s Internet regulations. Anyone who is concerned about the current regulation regime for new media – its philosophical underpinnings, its enforceability, and its wider effects on society –
ought to give the proposal serious consideration, and the forum is a good occasion for doing it.”

The forum, formally titled “Seminar on Internet Regulatory Reform”, will be held at the Function Hall (level 5) of the URA Centre on Maxwell Road, on Saturday 21, June 2008, at 2 p.m.

Admission is free and the event will be open to media reporting.

To reserve a seat, please register by sending an email to:


Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

5 thoughts on “Seminar on Internet Regulatory Reform, Sat 21 Jun, 2pm”

  1. I hope the Brotherhood will seriously consider sending a diplomatic delegation to the meet on the 21st. From what little I understand from their latest post. They are boycotting the event. I just want to say, if they don’t show up. Then they more or less forfeit their right to say anything concerning this whole matter. Besides I believe the debate will be significantly enlivened by their presence. Without them, it will be very boring. Thx.

    Oakley Fan

  2. Hello

    Thank you Singapore Patriot for taking the trouble to inform all of us.

    What really concerns me abt this whole proposition to “deregulate the net?” Firstly, I am still not completely convinced it’s actually what it claims to be????

    My main concern is the way in which this whole discussion continues to be impoverished and that is always dangerous.

    IMO this was a great opportunity for all of us as netizens to bring our efforts to bear on this one case. We could have shown many we can all do big things. As it is, what do we have to show for it? An uncritical alignment between intellectuals and institutions of power which reproduces very much the pattern which we have all come to associate with the political order of our time. The side B of the story doesn’t want to tell their story?

    I may not know much abt the order of the brotherhood. Is that how one goes abt addressing them????? Or even this Darkness character. I just know he can be charming if he is not foul mouthed, which is a great pity???? However, I know them to be fair and just people. They run the Intelligent Singaporean, Just Stuff and Singapore Daily, though for some curious reason they dont seem to be very good at pretending they don’t run it????

    Yet if you notice, even if they dont agree with you, they often give us all a voice. Sometimes they even put up a critical post along side their own post.

    We need more of that sort of diversity in our net.

    Even the The Online Citizen does not do that. Although they keep claiming to be another Malaysia.kini.

    I have noticed, they have a habit of picking and choosing the type of politics that furthers their agenda.

    So what is my wind bag point? All I am saying is although there may have been many POV’s concerning this whole idea to “deregulate the net.” Each of them should be allowed to speak their piece. Thus it is regrettable, they have not taken the opportunity to do so. I fear this will only lead to a divided blogosphere.

    I hope they will have a change of heart. We are not the US. We need every bit of color we can muster to make this a brighter place.

    Sorry for overunning.

    Thank You.


  3. Lim,

    I’m sorry you see the situation as us not consulting blogosphere for our proposal.

    A public invitation was made to join our grouping in November 2007.

    We released the proposal to the public in April. There was lots of opportunity to comment on it.

    Finally, we organized this seminar, in which we invited everyone to attend.

    We’re not done yet. Round 2 would be to flesh out some of the proposals like the Internet Content Consultative Committee (IC3). We will definitely want to involve blogosphere in this.

    By the way, TOC (of which I am a part of) never claimed to be a Malaysiakini. It is Malaysiakini which said that about us.

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