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  • Commentary: Behind the public shaming of one wealthy elite, a disturbing but growing divide

    By: IPS Editor | Sep 03, 2018 | Hits: 1137

    On Monday (Aug 27), soon after news of Audrey Tay, the daughter of The Hour Glass founders, pleading guilty to taking drugs and causing a car crash that uprooted a divider broke, netizens flooded social media with harsh comments. Yet, many comments were not about her wrongdoing, but focused on her inherited wealth and how her privilege may cushion her…..

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  • Building resilient communities in the age of disinformation

    By: admintest admintest | May 11, 2018 | Hits: 1254

    Ten million Chinese migrant workers entering Indonesia, a long-haired male journalist portrayed as a female election volunteer for the governor of Jakarta, as well as uprisings of Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar – what do these have in common? They are all disinformation making their rounds on online platforms and closed-group channels such as Facebook…..

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  • In upholding harmony, communities’ responses, not just laws, matter

    By: admintest admintest | May 07, 2018 | Hits: 968

    In the past year or so, statements by two foreign religious teachers in Singapore sparked discussions on their conduct and the impact on social harmony. The most recent one involved Mr Lou Engle, an American Protestant Christian pastor. During a conference in March, he reportedly told the audience that “Muslims are taking over the south…..

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  • Getting Singaporeans to pay for news

    By: admintest admintest | Jan 02, 2018 | Hits: 1857

    The recent upheavals in the news industry in Singapore have sparked a conversation on the future of news organisations. How do media companies like the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which announced that it would terminate 230 staff members by year-end, remain competitive on a rapidly changing media landscape? What can small online publications like The…..

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  • Silver lining in the battle against fake news

    By: admintest admintest | Nov 02, 2017 | Hits: 1420

    Younger people are more likely to believe they are less susceptible to falling for fake news, an optimistic bias that could hurt their ability to discern the truthfulness of online information. That is one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Communications and New Media Department at the National University of Singapore…..

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  • Fake News Mind Traps

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 22, 2017 | Hits: 1505

    Debates surrounding how to counter fake news typically focus on what regulation, technology companies, media literacy and fact-checking can do. The focus on different types of counter-measures, while important, tends to omit the one thing that is common to all types of misinformation – the human psychology behind information use. Understanding the root cause of…..

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  • Our shrinking political blogging scene

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 11, 2017 | Hits: 7574

    Political blogging reached its most vibrant point in the lead-up to the 2015 General Election. New blogs were coming online, and existing ones produced an unprecedented amount of political news and commentary. Now, the numbers have shrunk, with sites shutting down or becoming less active or dormant. As of August 2017, slightly more than a…..

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  • Why Some Causes Resonate

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 10, 2017 | Hits: 1721

    Amendments to the Public Order Act now bar foreigners from using assemblies and processions in Singapore to promote political causes. In announcing the change to the law in Parliament on Monday, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam highlighted media reports of 50 Singapore companies funding the annual Pink Dot event as an example of…..

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  • Fake News Tells More Than Just Lies

    By: admintest admintest | Mar 29, 2017 | Hits: 2079

    At the Committee of Supply (COS) debate earlier this month, several Members of Parliament (MPs) expressed concerns over the rise of fake news, noting that it may have influenced voter behaviour during the Brexit referendum and the 2016 United States Presidential Election. MP Ong Teng Koon (Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC) also said that fake news has…..

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  • Youths and Social Media — The Message Matters too

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 15, 2016 | Hits: 2876

    The youth vote can have a powerful impact, making or breaking a politician’s election campaign. United States President Barack Obama secured more than 60% of the youth vote when he first won the presidency in 2008. Tsai Ing-wen, who won the February 2016 Taiwanese presidential election, rode on youths’ political and economic frustrations. Young voters…..

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