20 Jun '11, 6am

Singapore govt hops on social media bandwagon

SINGAPORE: Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) Minister Yaacob Ibrahim said on Monday the prevalence of social media and increasing volume of online engagements have transformed the way governments conduct their business. He said many governments have "gone online" in an effort to better serve and manage broader participation from citizens. In Singapore, mobile applications on smartphones allow the community to give feedback on issues in their neighbourhood. Speaking at the opening of the seventh Ministerial Forum on ICT, Dr Yaacob said such contributions have allowed the government to enhance its policies to ensure that they remain relevant and sufficiently robust to accommodate these developments. And for policymakers in the ICT sector, he said the increasing participation of citizens online also means that they need to look at issues such as secured transacti...

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