Society and Social Policy

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Law on Fake News – Desperate Times, Desperate Measures?

15 May 2019
In May 2019, Singapore joined a growing list of countries that have passed a law governing the growing problem of fake news. The law aims to eliminate deliberate ‘online falsehoods’ – the preferred term for fake news in Singapore.
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[Research Spotlight Series] Sandwiched Couples: The dual burden of caring for parents and children

27 Mar 2019
Caring for elderly parents at the same time as young children leads to physical and mental strain.
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Facebook and rivals face critical test in Asian elections

21 Mar 2019
Social media groups must suppress fake news and hate speech, or risk regulatory backlash, says Associate Professor James Crabtree
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Japan wrestles with immigration

07 Mar 2019
In 2017, immigrants made up 1.8% of the total population of Japan, according to the UN. Compare that to 15.3% in the US or 14.8% in Germany. But changing demographics have triggered immigration reform.
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The gender wage gap problem is more complex than you think

08 Feb 2019
The gender pay gap exists but it varies around the world, and can be wider in “mature markets.”
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The internet is increasing income inequality in India

28 Jan 2019
The internet has always been hailed as a democratic force, a leveler of sorts, by its virtue of providing equal access to learning and economic opportunity. But a closer look at countries that have been the fastest adopters of internet in the last two decades (India, Nigeria, Bangladesh, etc.) shows a different picture.
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The Future of Journalism Reflects the Uncontroversial Future of Capitalism

10 Jan 2019
Everywhere you look, journalism is in crisis.
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China's worrying mandatory social credit system

14 Dec 2018
The world's first digital social credit system is troubling many experts who fear it is ripe for abuse. What are its possible effects on Chinese society?
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Elderly suicide: How to address the rising trend in Asia’s ageing population?

12 Dec 2018
Suicide among the elderly reached a record high in Singapore in 2017. Sadly, this trend is reflected in Asia and around the world. What can/should be done?
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Income inequality can be solved with multi-pronged social policies that are prudent and on time

27 Nov 2018
Over the years, there has been a massive global consensus on the disadvantages of rising inequality, its impact on the economy and society, and why policymakers should take it seriously.