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Identity, Privacy and Technology in Singapore

O'Hara, Kieron (2008) Identity, Privacy and Technology in Singapore At Identity and the Information Society, Italy. 28 - 30 May 2008.

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The Singaporean government, while democratic, is highly authoritarian. This paper examines the relationship, in the context of ICT and e-government, between the government and the individual in Singapore, using the examples of online tax return filing, and public health control, and argues that the People’s Action Party government’s pragmatic ideology is a key variable in explaining this relationship. For an effective interaction between individual and government, the government insists on the use of an identity constructed along well-understood lines, and marginalises those who attempt to communicate in other ways (e.g. using blogs). This is consistent with PAP government practice with respect to its offline relations.

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Published date: May 2008
Additional Information: Event Dates: 28-30 May, 2008
Venue - Dates: Identity and the Information Society, Italy, 2008-05-28 - 2008-05-30
Keywords: Singapore, e-government, privacy, identity, trust, ideology, pragmatism, democracy, authoritarianism, communitarianism
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 265992
PURE UUID: 8d434776-3cdb-4168-8bcd-da8ad757b4e8

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Date deposited: 23 Jun 2008 14:27
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:21

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Author: Kieron O'Hara

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