Building Digital Capital, Addressing Digital Inequality: A Perspective of Singapore’s ICT Policy
Speaker: Margaret Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Although Singapore's latest ICT plan and policy, iN2015, is more focused on building digital capital - with specific thrusts to transform key economic sectors by building high-speed ubiquitous wired and wireless telecommunications networks nation-wide, its vision to develop a digitally inclusive society (one that bridges the digital divide) is still rather challenging. The objective of this presentation is to discuss and provide an important perspective that its latest ICT plan may have not fully addressed the subtle distinction between bridging the digital divide and addressing digital inequality in the community/society. This is because addressing the long-term dynamics of digital inequality (as distinct from the traditional concept of digital divide) may prove to be a more elusive mission, and that in building the nation’s digital capital, it is important to note that there will be varying stages and aspects of society’s digital inequality especially in the context of the growing new social media.