08 Sep '11, 10am

Govt to boost social media usage

SINGAPORE: Singapore's government agencies are set to get more structured training in the use of social media. This comes as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government "can do better" in harnessing cyberspace to "explain issues, shape opinions and rally support". Still, experts say this new engagement should be handled cautiously. At the recent National Day Rally, PM Lee had said the government as a whole, needs to be more active and adept in engaging Singaporeans online. Observers say this is a serious call, with leaders noting that online chatter cannot be ignored. Those Channel NewsAsia spoke with agree that more can be done. They cite the lack of uniformity, with some government agencies such as the National Development Ministry, faring better than others. At this point, a lot of the engagement online is done ad-hoc, according to the comfort level of the minist...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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