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The politics of internet policy and (auto-)regulation in Singapore

Lee, T. (2001) The politics of internet policy and (auto-)regulation in Singapore. Media International Australia, 101 . pp. 33-42.

Abstract

As an extension of my earlier work on 'Internet Regulation in Singapore' (Lee and Birch, 2000), this paper provides an update on Singapore's relentless drive towards new media regulation and ideological/political control. Taking on board the discourse of auto-regulation - that regulating the internet in Singapore is really about ensuring an 'automatic functioning of power' for the sake of political expedience and longevity - this paper offers some new insights into the politics of internet auto-regulation in Singapore, from its humble beginnings of censorship and 'sleaze' control (in the mid-1990s) to recent attempts at restricting free flows of information via new laws governing foreign broadcasters and the 'liberal' stifling of online political campaigning and debates (in 2001). I conclude that, despite its authoritarian leanings, the 'success' of Singapore's internet and cultural policy of auto-regulation gives it a potential to become the global-accepted regulatory mindset.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publishers Website: http://www.uq.edu.au/mia/index.html
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10062
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