Digitalising the Government to better serve Singapore

Media regulations will also be updated and libraries re-designed.

06 Mar 2017

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, together with the Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary, announced today (6 March 2017) plans to update media regulations and promote more reading and learning in our libraries, amidst measures to further digitalise the Government.

Update of Regulations: Dr Yaacob announced that the Government will update both the Films Act and the Broadcasting Act this year. Dr Yacoob cautioned that when overseas content providers directly target Singaporeans, there is a need to ensure that content is in line with Singapore’s community values, including the need to uphold racial and religious harmony. The Government however will ensure that any changes made will not add undue burden to businesses, Dr Yaacob added.

Re-designing Libraries: The Government will also re-design library spaces and introduce programmes that encourage collaborative learning. Four new libraries will be opened this year in Sengkang, Bukit Panjang, Tampines, and Bedok. These libraries will have flexible seating and fixtures to enable discussion and creative expression, and interactive digital displays where one can browse and download recommended digital books via NLB’s mobile app.

Expanded Home Access Programme: Low-income households will not be left out in the push towards digitalisation. The Government will expand the Home Access Programme, which provides low-income households with low-cost home broadband connectivity and tablets, to 16,000 households, in addition to the existing 8,000 households on the current programme.

More integrated, technology-enabled Government: Dr Janil Puthucheary highlighted that the Government will take the lead in Singapore’s efforts to build a Smart nation, and will innovate with technology and data to deliver better public services, led by efforts from GovTech. National platforms, which make it easier for individuals to access services, and government and businesses to deliver services, will be developed. GovTech will also use technology to deliver anticipatory, integrated, data-driven, and well-designed digital services, such as its Ask Jamie virtual assistance service.