First, a famous song by Rockwell featuring guest vocals by Michael and Jermaine Jackson. It was a big hit when it was released in 1984. The songwriters probably had some inspiration from George Orwell’s famous novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. 😉

Recently, I read an article on Internet Service Providers (ISP).

Either directly or indirectly, the Singapore government owns or controls the ISPs here: Singtel’s Singnet; Starhub’s Starhub Internet; Pacific Internet and M1 .

I’ve written before about privacy in a police state.

Last year, Privacy International and EPIC launched a global study on privacy & human rights. As you can see from this table, Singapore has a score of 1 or 2 in almost every category surveyed, eg. constitutional protection; statutory protection; privacy enforcement; democratic safeguards, etc. 1 being “extensive surveillance/leading in bad practice” and 2 being “few safeguards, widespread practice of surveillance“. Its final score of 1.4 makes it one of the leading surveillance societies in the world. (Click here for the PDF version of the table and here for the briefing paper on the ratings table)

I leave you now with a link to a 2005 country report by Privacy International. The section on Singapore starts at page 599 to 609 of the document (pgs.44-54).