“..if we were the citizens of any other developed country, we would be happy to put our real names to our messages. But Singapore is not any other country..”
“Anonymity in cyberspace is an illusion. You will remember in 2007, we prosecuted three persons under the Sedition Act.. The reason we did that was to send the message that your words have an impact; if need be, we can identify you, and if we have to, we will be prepared to prosecute you.”
Vivian Balakrishnan, 21 Feb 2009
“..what is fascinating here is perhaps also the implicit suggestion that seditious bloggers were charged not necessarily because they did something wrong but because the people who charged them wanted to send across a message to the public to instill fear, to remind the public that they can be prosecuted.”
“The problem is, the elephant (the government) comes into the room and tries to define what a moderated internet should look like..”
This week’s roundup and recommended reads after the break.
We Don’t Need No Regulation
– Singapore Alternatives: Fear and Patriotism: Another Threat to Netizens
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Minister Vivian Balakrishnan : Your anonymity is an illusion.. [Recommended]
– To Fix a Mocking Peasant: Seditious Bloggers Charged to Instill Fear?
– Yawning Bread: On community moderation of internet content [Recommended]
– TOC: Moderating the Internet – lets hold the wild horses
– Everyday’s Life in a Snapshot: Light touch, but hey, we will prosecute you
– Singapore Dino: Vivian Balakrishnan Openly Threatens Singapore Bloggers
– Gerald Giam: The PAP’s evolving new media strategy
– Blowin’ In The Wind: The newspaper’s the problem, not the blogs
– To Fix a Mocking Peasant: My Spectacles are Not Spectacles: New Media, Old Strategies and Stale Messages
– Feed Me To The Fish: 1st World Singapore like anonymity in cyberspace is an illusion
– A Lesser Mortal: A Cowardly and Shameful Threat
– a writer’s blog: Thoughts from a new media conference
– Making History Relevant: Thoughts on news blogs
– Singapore Dino: PM Lee, Don’t talk nonsense to Singaporeans
– Kent Ridge Common: Relooking Freedoms of Speech and Press in Singapore
– Wayang Party Club: Countering PM Lee’s erroneous perception of the New Media
– Yaw Shin Leong: If You Can’t Beat It, Join It
– My sketchbook: PM Lee ventures into wild wild west(new media)
– The Sun Shines on Singapore: The Culture of Fear Revisited
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Did the PM say traditional media is unbiased?
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: New Media – The Next Frontier
– Dotseng: One Extraordinary Asian Spectacle for Sale! – Part I
– Gerald Giam: Blogging and identity: To name or not to name?
General Election 2009
– The Anti Neo-Democracy Theorist: Analysis of an Impending? Election
– Alice Cheong in Wonderland: General Elections 2009?
– My Thoughts: ST Going Out Of It’s Way To Bullshit The Masses?
– My Little Corner: General Elections this year?
– Singapore Alternatives: Politics 101 for the Coming General Elections
– Singapore Alternatives: Democracy: PAP Government IS NOT PAP [Recommended]
– TOC: Why an election in September is most likely
– a writer’s blog: Politics and social media
– Recruit Ong: PAP gahmen will hold elections ASAP..
– A Lesser Mortal: Issues For FLASH GE2009 [Thanks Newcomer]
– Princess from the Planet of Venupitarius: Election?
GIC, Temasek State Fund Investments
– Making History Relevant: What the Temasek debacle reveals
– Under The Willow Tree: UBS Tax Fraud Makes Lee Kuan Yew Look Like a Dufus Dumbo [Recommended]
– Wayang Party Club: State media’s continued silence on sensitive issues will erode its credibility further
– TOC: Reserves – more or less?
– Chemical Generation Singapore: GIC Hangs On Tenaciously
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: GIC Citigroup stake
– Hard Hitting in the Lion City: Good Decision to Walk Away
– Wayang Party Club: A squandered opportunity to demand for accountability from the government
– A Lesser Mortal: GIC’s Position in Citigroup Precarious [Thanks Newcomer]
– Singapore Enquirer: Interview with young Singaporeans: How do they feel about the government’s handling of our reserve losses ? (Part 2)
– Balderdash: a race to the bottom
– A Lesser Mortal: Labourer Chief Plays Football With Depression [Thanks Newcomer]
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore port in dire straits: Chicago Tribune
– Hard Hitting in the Lion City: Brace for Tough Times…and then?
– Everyday’s Life in a Snapshot: Nationalised already, still will have long term not?
– My little corner: Inflation is up 2.9%
– Xinhua: Singapore lowers minimum income requirement for unsecured credit [Thanks CelluloidReality]
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Have we learned nothing from this crisis??!
– Chia Ti Lik’s Blog: “This materialism has got to end” London, October 2008 – The chance has now come for Singaporeans to end the materialism that has decayed this nation
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Bad things happen to good people
– Yawning Bread: A new world after this economic crisis
Khaw wants to ship me to another country when I get old
– TOC: Respect other people’s views – Tan Kin Lian
– A Lesser Mortal: JB Nursing Home Syndrome – Logically Illogical Logic [Thanks Newcomer]
– Kent Ridge Common: Recently proposed healthcare policies: Connecting the dots
– Sgpolitics: Do We Care? [Recommended]
ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Petition For Fairer Transport Fares: Press Statement – Re: 4.6% Reduction in Bus & Train Fares From 1 April 2009
– Sgpolitics: The Singapore Democrats’ position paper on Land Transport
– My sketchbook: The graciousness of our transport companies
– Kaffein-nated: Got money also cannot use?!
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: For the first time in Singapore history..
– The Kent Ridge Common: Response to Suggested Changes in Government Scholarship Policy
– The Rot Within: Public Service Message
Singaporeans, A Dying Breed
– Mathia Lee: Stayers or Quitters? (or how we deal with the system)
– The Itch To Write: What an inhuman suggestion!
Truth, Justice, and the Singapore Way
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Guantanamo in Singapore? Detention without trial as part of its criminal/legal system
– The Secret Political Blog: The Picture That Spoke A Thousand Words
– Sgpolitics: A reader’s comment: The dangers of conflating public concerns with the principles of criminal trials
Lee vs Chee
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Why TBT protesters look forward to going back to court
– Sgpolitics: TODAY wants to know SDP’s response to Chiam’s criticisms
– Singapore Social Activist: Alternative Healthcare Economic Policies
– Angry Doctor: Ethics and Evidence
– Sam’s thoughts: Our attitudes towards mental illness need treatment
– choongyong.com: Is the Hansard verbatim, or near-verbatim? [Recommended]
– The Kent Ridge Common: Singapore’s industrial targeting policy: Is it even necessary?
– Wayang Party Club: A Singaporean’s worry for the future of his nation
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Honour our heroes
– Kent Ridge Common: The Active Citizen [Recommended]
– Alamak: Socially Engineered
– The Secret Political Blog: Lesser Mortals: Get your news from The Straits Times today!!!
– Yawning Bread: Preachers, pests and usurpers
– The Kent Ridge Common: Joint programs – The lessons learnt from A*STAR-Johns Hopkins break-up and others
– TOC: What is public service?
– Wayang Party Club: Efficient civil service is the result of the hard work of pioneers and not the present PAP leaders
– Singapore Recalcitrant: The Illustrious Minister Mentor
– The boy who knew too much: The curious case of CASE
– Aidil Omar: What will I defend?
– Today In Singapore: Who’s Blood Is It?
– Must have been good: Hallmark of singapore’s media
– TOC: Making ends meet
– Cavalierio: Govt is God
Life, the universe and everything
– Midnight Monkey Monitor: Facebook And Beyond: Environmental Cyber-Advocacy in Singapore
– eastcoastlife: Dough Figure Sculpturing – WS
– Balderdash: REACH’s Twitter
– Singapore Fountain Pen: Singapore — Still A Fine City? [Thanks Lem]
– The Temple Of Thoughts 3: Why “The Arena” (Singapore TV) fails at its purpose
– Aussie Pete: OGC – OMG, Please Change Your Logo!!
– AngryAngMo: Guess which SG mainstream media site ranks highest in Alexa top 1million websites? [Thaks Aaron]
– TPJCians: Singapore’s Top 10 Worst Consumer Behaviour [Thanks Azhar]
– Sg-Ljers: Win free tickets to an opera – The Tales of Hoffman
– TOC: Our thoughts are free
– theory.isthereason: Meet Yongfook, Joel Postman, and Melvin Yuan @ BlogOut 2009
– Singapore Entrepreneurs: Event: CocoaHeads Feb Meet-Up – 26 Feb 2009