The garden city of Singapore wants to be even more green. It also wants more homes in its central business district, and plans to move facilities underground to free up living space.
As part of the plan to rejuvenate Singapore’s central area, a variety of homes and amenities in areas such as downtown, Marina South and Rochor will be planned so more people can live near workplaces, the city-state’s Urban Redevelopment Authority unveiled in a draft master plan Wednesday. There will also be about 1,000 hectares more parks and park connectors, and it’s hoped that in future, more than 90 percent of households will be within walking distance of a park.
After an intense debate, Singapore's parliament has passed a sweeping "anti-fake news" bill despite concerns raised by journalists, academics and global technology companies over free speech and abuse of power.
Legislators in the island-nation on Wednesday voted to grant government ministers broad powers such as the ability to demand corrections, order the removal of content, or block websites deemed to be propagating falsehoods contrary to the public interest. Penalties for not complying with orders include steep fines and jail time.
Singapore's submission of wide-ranging fake news legislation in parliament has stoked fears from internet firms and human-rights groups that it may give the government too much power and hinder freedom of speech. The law, submitted on April 1, would require social media sites such as Facebook to carry warnings on posts the government deems false and remove comments against the "public interest".
The Digital Government Blueprint outlines how the Government will re-organize and transform itself to deliver public services better through technology.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, developments in the digital domain offers Singapore new ways to interact, collaborate and form new partnerships, as well as embrace exciting opportunities to grow future economy and improve the lives of all citizens.
As one of the most networked economies in the world, Singapore has invested in physical infrastructure and connectivity as the foundation for its Smart Nation vision. Currently, fiber broadband connectivity is available in Singapore to support affordable high-speed broadband mobile internet connectivity to both companies and citizens all across Singapore.