Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I've launched a new blog (linked above) that aims to provide a comprehensive database of Singapore government interventions in internet communication. The government introduced internet content regulations in 1996, assuring internet users that these would be implemented with a 'light touch'. Ten years on, it is useful to take stock of what the government’s position has meant in practice.

The immediate, practical benefit of this database is that it helps to shed light on Singapore’s regulatory terrain. Many internet users either ignore real political risks or exaggerate them. Both pitfalls are equally unhealthy for the development of an active and mature online community.

The database is a work in progress. I am making it public as a way to tap the inside knowledge of the online community. I welcome readers’ input, either to add to existing case files, or to share any personal experiences that may not have been reported in the mass media.