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Internet regulation in Singapore: A policy/ing discourse

Lee, T.ORCID: 0000-0003-3333-0076 and Birch, D. (2000) Internet regulation in Singapore: A policy/ing discourse. Media International Australia, 95 . pp. 147-169.


Little has been written critically about Singapore's approach towards Internet regulation and policy/ing. This paper therefore seeks to disambiguate the social, cultural and political aspects of Internet regulation in Singapore. We provide an analysis of Singapore's Internet content regulation, and an update of the information (technology) scene in Singapore, including its converging broadcasting, (tele)communications and media areas, all of which impact upon 'Internet policy'. We begin with an introduction to Singapore's policy-making style and an up-to-date account of Singapore's information aims and agendas. We then explore the ideology behind Singapore's Internet policy, especially censorship of content, and examine what is known as the 'light-touch' regulatory framework. We conclude that media conservatism is likely to continue in Singapore despite recent moves that would appear to 'open up' Singapore society.

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Publisher: University of Queensland Press
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