05 January 2018
Experts and Members of Parliament (MPs) on Friday (Jan 5) lauded the Government’s proposal to convene a Select Committee to study the spread of deliberate online falsehoods, with at least one suggesting the move could pave the way for dedicated legislation to deal with the scourge.
But laws are not the panacea, they reiterated, as they stressed the need for different stakeholders to work together, as well as raise public awareness.
Recommendations mooted by the proposed Select Committee must also take into account how disinformation campaigns often stem from anonymous sources outside the target country, and are facilitated by automated means — which means they remain relatively unaffected by jurisdiction-specific laws, said Mr Benjamin Ang, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies’ Centre of Excellence for National Security.
CENS / Online
Last updated on 24/01/2018