Thursday, May 10, 2012

Govts must 'act fast to stop online rumours'

I must admit governments tried to play by the evolving and unpredictable rules of online life, but as they keep losing territory they are on the verge of imposing the sort of rules and ways they are familiar with which they believe they can win.

What's the truth? Governments claim they know what truth is. In that sense we don't need the courts, the religious leaders and NGOs isn't it?

What about inconvenient truths?  What about bad or inadequate answers to good and probing questions?

Be vigilant but also there is no need to worry too much. The online zeitgeist would not be decided in our space, which the government is also a price taker.

Looks like Teo Chee Hean went to China to learn how the government might control the Internet better. Good luck. Nobody understands this landscape enough to do that. They will try and end up learning the hard way.

1 comment:

  1. IF they try to learn it from the Chinese, this will be the end of Singapore.
    Their notorious whack-a-mole style, surveillance and censorship, and hiring hordes of 50cts bloggers to counteract dissents are the last thing we need and waste of taxpayers money. If they ever try and do that on Singaporeans, there will be a revolt -- i guarantee you.