ZDNet: Singapore still working on rules to tighten social media enforcement

ZDNet: Singapore still working on rules to tighten social media enforcement. “Singapore still is mulling over new rules that will, amongst others, instruct social media platforms to disable access to content it deems harmful. It will not, however, bar the use of hyperlinks in SMS or other messaging apps as doing so will not eliminate the risk of someone falling prey to phishing attacks.”

The Star (Malaysia): Social media accounts of Singapore political leaders spammed by supporters of banned Indonesian preacher

The Star (Malaysia): Social media accounts of Singapore political leaders spammed by supporters of banned Indonesian preacher. “The social media accounts of a number of political leaders and government agencies in Singapore have been spammed by supporters of an Indonesian preacher who was denied entry into Singapore on Monday, CNA has reported.”

Youthtopia: New initiative launched to promote coexistence with wildlife in Singapore, website set up to provide information on species

Youthtopia: New initiative launched to promote coexistence with wildlife in Singapore, website set up to provide information on species. “A new islandwide initiative was launched last Friday (Apr 22) to raise awareness and understanding of Singapore’s wildlife…. To kickstart the initiative, a new website has been set up as a one-stop platform for the public to learn about the natural habitats and behaviour of the wildlife species. Members of the public can also pick up tips on what to do and avoid when encountering wildlife in various situations.”

Commentary: Why might pro-Russia disinformation about Ukraine war resonate in Singapore? (ChannelNewAsia)

ChannelNewAsia: Commentary: Why might pro-Russia disinformation about Ukraine war resonate in Singapore?. “One social media channel that has been particularly effective in amplifying Russia’s message has been Twitter, where official accounts held by Russian embassies and ministries have been found to coordinate posts and retweets to maximise the spread of disinformation. To get a sense of the spread and saliency of Russian disinformation in Southeast Asia, this article tracked two of Russia’s key disinformation narratives amongst English language tweets in two countries – Singapore and the Philippines – where English is spoken widely.”

Independent: Singapore To Reopen To Most At End Of March

Independent: Singapore To Reopen To Most At End Of March. “One minute before the end of March, Singapore will relax many of its travel restrictions for travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The city state has previously had some of the toughest coronavirus rules, but now hopes to boost its much-depleted tourism industry.”

Yahoo News Singapore: Police warn of scams involving fake bank hotlines on Google Search

Yahoo News Singapore: Police warn of scams involving fake bank hotlines on Google Search. “In these cases, the victims would search for the banks’ contact numbers via Google Search, as they wanted to seek their advice for various reasons. The scammers would post advertisements that would appear when the users search for such contact numbers. The victims would see these scam ads appearing as the first few search results, providing a fake contact number for victims to contact.”

Campaign Brief Asia: Tribal Worldwide Singapore And National Library Board Launch Curiocity To Inspire Greater Appreciation For Singapore’s Identity & Heritage

Campaign Brief Asia: Tribal Worldwide Singapore And National Library Board Launch Curiocity To Inspire Greater Appreciation For Singapore’s Identity & Heritage. “Tribal Worldwide Singapore has collaborated with the National Library Board (NLB) to launch Curiocity, an initiative designed to inspire greater appreciation for Singapore’s identity and heritage by eliciting a sense of curiosity and wonder in the hidden stories and facets of Singapore’s past. Everyone is invited to discover and engage with Singapore’s history through a series of creative installations, treasure hunts and talks for all ages, complemented by a digital storytelling website.”

Straits Times: New online database details rare bird species in Singapore

Straits Times: New online database details rare bird species in Singapore. “As bird-watching takes flight in Singapore, a group of 17 enthusiasts wants to tap the growing network of birdwatchers here by creating an online platform that allows people to submit their sightings of these rarities. The Singapore Birds Project last month published the first edition of its rare species database, featuring over 150 species. A rare bird is one that has been seen three times or fewer in a year, or belongs to a species that has been recorded more often but can be challenging to identify in the field.”

Association of Southeast Asian Nations: ASEAN launches first e-exhibition on cultural heritage digital archive portal

Association of Southeast Asian Nations: ASEAN launches first e-exhibition on cultural heritage digital archive portal . “‘Forging History’ brings focus to the roles of metals in transforming the ASEAN region’s history and cultures. It features 22 digitised cultural heritage treasures selected by guest curator Girard Phillip E. Bonotan with support from museums and archival institutions of the ASEAN Member States. Highlights of the e-exhibition include Buddhist manuscript cabinets from Thailand, golden crowns from Indonesia, and modern metal artworks created by Malaysian artists, among others.” You can get an overview of ASEAN and its member nations here.

Singapore: Government to invest additional $180 mil. to accelerate AI research (Straits Times)

Straits Times: Singapore: Government to invest additional $180 mil. to accelerate AI research . “Two new public artificial intelligence (AI) programs have been launched as part of the republic’s strategy to use the technology to effect social and economic good. These come as Singapore allocates an additional $180 million to accelerate AI research, on top of the $500 million it has committed to it so far.”

New York Times: Singapore will stop covering Covid costs for those who decline to be vaccinated.

New York Times: Singapore will stop covering Covid costs for those who decline to be vaccinated.. “Singapore will no longer cover the medical costs of Covid-19 patients who are eligible to get vaccinated against the virus but choose not to, the country’s Health Ministry said. ‘We will begin charging Covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice’ on Dec. 8, the ministry said in a statement on Monday. Those who are not eligible for the shots will be exempt from the rule, it said, including children under 12 and people with certain medical conditions.”

The Star (Malaysia): Singapore using ‘virtual twins’ of land and sea to monitor activities and plan projects

The Star (Malaysia): Singapore using ‘virtual twins’ of land and sea to monitor activities and plan projects. “GeoSpace-Sea stores and presents data from 11 government agencies, including national water agency PUB and the Housing Board. For example, if the National Parks Board (NParks) wants to study marine biodiversity, it can use the virtual twin to access marine life data, or the distribution of corals and sea grass. GeoSpace-Sea allows users to view and analyse the seabed with three-dimensional images as well.”