Singapore appoints advisory board on 'Net regulation

Singapore's Ministry of Information and the Arts has appointed a 19-member panel that will assist the Singapore Broadcast Authority (SBA) in regulating the Internet.

Singapore's Ministry of Information and the Arts has appointed a 19-member panel that will assist the Singapore Broadcast Authority (SBA) in regulating the Internet. The National Internet Advisory Committee will look at information provided both on the Internet and on other electronic information services, including foreign news-wire services, electronic bulletin boards and financial information services, according to a report yesterday on the online version of the Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times.

In addition, the committee will help develop the SBA's Class Licensing Scheme, which regulates Internet access providers and content providers. The committee will be chaired by Bernard Tam, the dean of the faculty of science at the National University of Singapore. Committee spokespeople were unavailable yesterday to explain how the SBA will regulate the Internet and the extent of the new committee's powers.

Committee members include Wang Kai Yuen, director of the Xerox Singapore Software Centre; Michael Yap, director for information infrastructure of the National Computer Board; Yeo Tiong Min, subdean and lecturer in the faculty of law at the National University of Singapore; Pearleen Chan, managing director of Singapore Network Services; Maureen Ng, principal of the National Junior College; and Foo Chee Meng, principal of the Rosyth Primary School.

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