IPS Update Issue April 2018

15 Apr 2018


In the Spotlight

IPS Corporate Associates’ Breakfast Dialogue with Professor Linda Lim on “States, Markets, Technology and Post-Industrial Capitalism”

Singapore’s “state-directed, export-oriented, manufacturing-focused, multinational-led” growth model of the past century has run its course, states Professor Linda Lim, Professor Emerita of Corporate Strategy and International Business at the University of Michigan. She suggested that Singapore focus on the large regional Asian consumer market, namely, the ageing high-income Northeast Asia and fast-growing, lower-cost Southeast Asia. This requires deep knowledge of the regional market and the ability to function across disparate cultural and linguistic spaces.


How we can better chart Singapore’s urban future

By Dr Cheong Koon Hean

“Singapore is in transition into ‘early middle age’. As our island becomes more built up in the next few decades, how can we secure land for future development?” Dr Cheong Koon Hean, IPS’ 5th S R Nathan Fellow, presented ideas on how Singapore can ensure a constant rejuvenation of the city-state for future generations.

To mitigate online falsehoods, tweak how information is distributed

By Mr Benjamin Goh and Dr Natalie Pang

“Information that is publicly distributed and consumed is a public good, and all hands should be on deck to ensure that it is accurate.” Why does regulating publishers alone do little to mitigate online falsehoods, what role do media distributors play?

To tackle deliberate online falsehoods, look also to non-legislative efforts
(Channel NewsAsia)

By Mr Shawn Goh and Dr Carol Soon

“Relying solely on legislation may cultivate over-reliance among citizens on authorities to help them discern truth from fiction,” point out IPS Researchers Mr Shawn Goh and Dr Carol Soon in this piece. Both researchers had made a submission in their personal capacity to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods earlier in March.

5Cs to Fight Online Falsehoods
(The Straits Times)

By Dr Carol Soon and Mr Shawn Goh

Content, Context, Communicator’s Identity, Communicator’s Intent, and Consequence – these are the 5Cs that should form a framework to help determine what online falsehoods warrant regulatory intervention, and whom to act against, the two IPS Researchers suggest.


Year in Review 2017

The Year in Review is an annual IPS publication documenting changes in Singapore’s public policy over the course of the previous year. Read the 2017 edition here.


IPS-Nathan Lectures by Dr Cheong Koon Hean

Lecture III: Shaping the Future of Heartland Living
Date: 23 April 2018, Time: 6.15pm–7.45pm
Venue: Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House

The 5th IPS-Nathan lecture series is themed, Seeking A Better Urban Future. Dr Cheong Koon Hean examines how cities, and Singapore in particular, deal with their challenges to create a better urban life for their citizens. The final lecture will launch off from the fact that more than 80% of Singaporeans live in public housing, and the quality of the living environment in our HDB heartlands defines our concept of `home’ like no other. Participants will be invited to consider how we can think differently about the new generation of HDB towns and renew existing ones, to prepare for future trends.

Click here to register for the third and final lecture.

IPS in the News

IPS Researchers were in the news for their submissions to the Select Committee on online falsehoods, and their research on senior entrepreneurship in Singapore, among other issues. Click here.

Upcoming IPS events, click here.

For media coverage of IPS seminars and lectures, click here.

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