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ISOC.SG participates in NTUC roundtable on ICT

12 March 2018, Monday, Singapore

ISOC.SG was invited to and attended the NTUC roundtable on ICT  where the Labour Movement signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with three new U Associate (UA) partners on 12 March 2018 with AI Singapore, (ISC)2 Singapore Chapter and Tech Singapore Advocate, as part of ramping up efforts to address the growing challenges and manpower needs in the industry.

The number of ICT UA partners now stands at 12, up from five last year. With these partnerships, the Labour Movement can now reach out to 40,000 professionals in the ICT sector. 

Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Communications and Information Dr Janil Puthucheary also had a discussion with various ICT UA leaders on how the Labour Movement can work together with the UA and tripartite partners to grow the ICT workforce. Topics included challenges such as shortage of skilled manpower in the ICT sector and how to overcome them.

For more details click here for the NTUC report

ISOC attends NTUC Roundtable on ICT

Forum on Falsehoods – Fighting Disinformation on the Open Internet

You are warmly invited to our forum which we are organizing for you to determine how deliberate online falsehoods, and laws regulating them, can affect you or your organization, and for you to participate in the public consultation on this topic. 

At the request of the Government, Parliament has appointed a Select Committee to study the problem of deliberate online falsehoods and to recommend how Singapore should respond. The Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Law have issued a Green Paper titled “Deliberate Online Falsehoods: Challenges and Implications”, setting out the reasons for appointing the Select Committee. (

The Select Committee has invited the public to submit written representations, and encourages everyone with an interest in this subject to write in with their views and suggestions. The closing date is Feb 28, 2018. (

Download the materials from here

Annexe A: Green Paper

Annexe B: Factsheet on Select Committee

Annexe C: Infographic on Deliberate Online Falsehoods

Annexe D: Infographic on the Select Committee Process

Event details

Venue: Room 901 at NTUC Centre at Marina Blvd

Date/time: 23 Feb 2018 from 7 pm – 9 pm.

Admission is free but seats are limited, so please register by emailing [email protected]


6.30pm Registration

7.00pm Introduction lecture explaining ‘deliberate online falsehoods’:

– The entities and individuals that engage in spreading misinformation and their motivations.

– Concerns and impact from the spread of online falsehoods on Singapore.

– Possible ways to prevent and combat the spread of online falsehoods.

7.30pm Q&A and public discussion

Our guest speakers are experts in the research of deliberate online falsehoods

Learning outcomes

You will be able to 

(a) Understand how the increasing threat of deliberate online falsehoods applies to you and your organization

(b) Apply methods for dealing with deliberate online falsehoods in your daily life, commercial dealings and professional work.

(c) Discuss policies and steps for dealing with this issue while preserving the open Internet

Participation in Public Consultation

We will compile the feedback and provide them in ISOC.SG’s written submission to the Select Committee studying deliberate online falsehoods.


ISOC.SG supporting EdTechXAsia 2017

ISOC were invited to EdTechX Asia 2017. Over two days, international thought leaders shared their insights on twenty-first century learning and skills. Beginning with opening speeches that featured a robot to discussions on the race against obsolescence and skills building, speakers presented their views and global perspectives on the future of EdTech. An interesting perspective shared was “in the near future, we won’t be talking about cloud-based businesses anymore, but cloud-based workforces – the ‘Human Cloud’, or if you want to be bold – ‘HaaS’ – Humans as a Service”. The active debates across the sessions bode well for the future of education.

  • Report by Jay Nagarajan, Education Chair

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The Internet Society Singapore Chapter is once again a Supporting Association for EdTechXAsia 2017. See below for a special promo code.

Asia’s leading EdTech platform – EdTechXAsia – connecting the regions education technology ecosystem is back in Singapore! Rising-star startups, technology giants, leading educators, key investors, central government officials, largest publishers are joining to impact the change in education today.
Now is your time to join us and be at forefront of discussions of a revolutionary 21st century approach to education technology. It’s time to immerse yourself in conversations with your fellow thought leaders and innovators from around the globe.
EdTechXAsia 2017 At A Glance

EdTechXAsia Summit will feature 200+ global speakers across the three program tracks including 100+ sessions. AI and personalisation, VR-AR-MR, developments in legislations, top tech trends impacting education, edtech zebras and unicorns, blockchain, robotics, key investment trends – all and more will be covered at the Summit.
Now and Next of EdTech will bring you the industry’s leading ideas and let you deep-dive into the ground breaking ideas of where EdTech is headed.  International EdTech Perspectives will allow you to learn about the latest news around Asia and worldwide, in the special Region Spotlight series.
As we continue to grow the startup and investor attendance at the event, we also dedicated Global EdTech All Stars programme showcases the ones-to-watch in EdTech. We are proud to present over 70 carefully selected start-ups you cannot miss.
Join 1100+ Thought Leaders at EdTechXAsia >

EdTechXAsia Connect is a specially-curated platform to serve as a network of functional heads of K-12/Higher Education institutions, educators, adult & lifelong learning professionals, corporate HR and Learning & Development professionals seeking to address today’s challenges on practical implementation of EdTech tools in their institutions. Live case studies and learnings from corporates, educational institutions and issues surrounding operationalising & implementing various EdTech tools, are primary features.
Explore 100+ Summit Sessions >

The EdTechXAsia Expo will present 50+ international exhibitors and new opportunities to connect with business leads during facilitated networking.
It’s your exclusive chance to familiarise yourself with the latest technology innovations. Immerse yourself in live demos and technology showcases. Find the innovative technologies and solutions today that will change the way your organisation works tomorrow.
Don’t miss our special Expo features! Startup Alley is your chance to meet the best startups from the global EdTech ecosystem. In partnership with  SITF and IE Singapore, Singapore Pavillion highlights the latest and  greatest of EdTech market in the city.

The exhibition is free-to-attend for schools, universities and students and will offer a chance to connect with these exhibiting companies as well as engage in free workshops, demos and speed learning sessions on the exhibition floor from leading experts.

Browse 50+ Innovative Exhibitors >
Join us as a Speaker, Partner or Attendee – Register Your Interest Now

Click the link below and enter the promo code, ETA17ASSOC35 when making the purchase any of the conference pass,


InterCommunity 2017: Internet, Media, Culture and Society


This event concluded successfully at 4 pm on Tuesday 19 September. Here are some photos from the day:




If you are interested in the impact of the Internet on Media, Culture and Society, as discussed by expert panelists from around the world in an international video conference, and in participating in the local discussion as well, then the Internet Society Singapore Chapter warmly invites you to Intercommunity 2017 We also invite you to contribute your written comments on the proceedings, for publication and circulation through the Internet Society’s channels, and for inclusion into the InterCommunity Closing Roundtable in Los Angeles.

This is an open invitation and registration is free – please feel free to share with colleagues and friends.

Date: 19 September 2017
Venue: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, 
Small TV Studio (B1-02), Nanyang Technological University 
(shuttle bus provided from City Hall and Pioneer MRT at 10.30 am)
Time: 11am to 4pm

1100 Registration and tea 
1130 Pre-Discussion with Singapore panel
1200 Node Discussion led by Singapore panel
1300 Lunch for pre-registered participants + Node Discussion by Delhi Chapter
1400 Node Discussion by Mauritius Chapter
1500 Node Discussion by Johannesburg Chapter
1600 End

The Singapore Panel:

  • Prof Ang Peng Hwa, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information,
  • Dr. Norman Vasu, Deputy Head / Coordinator for Social Resilience Program, Centre of Excellence for National Security, RSIS, NTU
  • Kevin Mathews, music journalist and composer/musician, Power of Pop
  • Moderated by Bryan Tan, Education Chair ISOC.SG and Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay

Discussion topics

  • The role of the Internet and media in the post-factual world
  • The impact of the Internet on social resilience in a multi-cultural society
  • Evolution of culture and pop culture on the Internet and possible futures

Because we are catering lunch and arranging for bus, please register for the event by clicking here by 17 Sep.

We also enclose the InterCommunity 2017 Badge and welcome you to post it on your social media profiles if you’re coming.

Best regards and look forward to seeing you there!

ISOC.SG AGM 25 Aug 2017


25 Aug 2017 Fri, 7-9pm
Venue: Red Hat Singapore office, AXA Tower Level 10 (nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar)
Internet Society Singapore Chapter (ISOC Sg)

Results: Executive Committee 2017/2018

President: Benjamin Ang
Vice President: Ankur Gupta
Secretary: Sofia Morales
Treasurer: Sanjeev Gupta
Education Chair: Jay Nagarajan
Programme Chair: Bryan Tan 
Webmaster: Roland Turner
International Liaison: Ang Peng Hwa
Independent auditors: Mili Semlani and Harish Pillay

Previous Message

Dear members and colleagues,
You are invited to this year’s ISOC Sg’s Annual General Meeting. This is where we review the year past, and plan for the next year’s activities. So do come and meet up!
You may also want to take the opportunity to renew your membership fee, if it’s lapsed. If you’d like to bring a friend, they can register on the spot to be a member too.


7.00-7.30pm – Arrival, dinner networking, membership renewal payments and other admin, attendance and quorum check. (Note: Chapter Constitution 7.8: At least 25% of the total voting membership or thirty (30) voting members, whichever is the lesser, present at a General Meeting shall form a quorum.)
7.30-8.30pm – AGM
8.30-9.00pm – AOB, close


  1. Confirm previous minutes from previous AGM by President and Vice President
    1. Review and confirm minutes of meeting from AGM 2016
    2. Note matters arising
  2. Finance by Treasurer, with Hon Auditors
    1. Report on Statement of Accounts FY2017 (1 Jun 2016-31 May 2017)
    2. Elect Honorary Auditors for FY2018.
  3. To receive and adopt the report of Activities FY2017 by Programme Chair and Education Chair: Benjamin Ang, with other Officers
  4. To elect Committee Members FY2018 By President and Vice President – Please see eligibility and nomination procedures below.
  5. AOB

If you wish to put forth any other matters not included in this notice, please write to ISOC Sg at [email protected] by 23 Aug 2016, 5pm Singapore time.


This is the Nomination Notice and e-Nomination Form for the ISOC SG Committee. If you wish to make nominations for any of the posts, please complete this form and return it to the Secretariat via email any time before the start of the AGM.

Please note that ONLY current (paid up) member of ISOC Singapore who are residing in Singapore, and have been a member for one (1) year or more, can stand for election to the Committee as an Officer.

ONLY current (paid up) members of ISOC Sg can make nominations and vote. Corporate and Student members are welcome to attend but are not entitled to vote.

Voting process:
Names for the offices shall be proposed and seconded at the Annual General Meeting and election will follow on a simple majority vote of the members.
Unless with the prior approval, in writing of the Registrar or an Assistant Registrar of Societies, majority of the Committee Members shall be Singapore Citizens and/or Singapore Permanent Residents. In addition, the President, Secretary, Treasurer and their deputies shall be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents. Foreign Diplomats shall not serve as Committee Members.
Names for the above offices shall be proposed and seconded at the Annual General Meeting and election will follow on a simple majority vote of the members.
All office-bearers, except the Treasurer, may be re-elected to the same or related post for a consecutive term of office. The term of office of the Committee is one year.


Term (1 Sep –31 Aug) FY 2018 FY 2017 FY 2016 FY 2015
President   Bryan Tan Ang Peng Hwa Harish Pillay
Vice President   Indranil Mukherjee Bryan Tan Ang Peng Hwa
Secretary   Lim May-Ann Lim May-Ann Tay Wei Kiang
Treasurer   Sofia Morales Steven Liew Bryan Tan
Education Chair   Jayanth Nagarajan Benjamin Ang Benjamin Ang
Programme Chair   Benjamin Ang Indranil Mukherjee Grace Chng
Other roles:   External/International Liaison Officer: Ang Peng Hwa Communications Officer: Sanjeev Gupta

External Liaison Officer: Harish Pillay

Communication Chair: Steven Liew

Student Chapter Chair: Yannis Li

Honorary Auditors

(2 pax)

  Yvonne Lim

Sanjeev Gupta

Yvonne Lim

Tay Wei Kiang

Tan Boon Tham

Indranil Mukherjee



Cybersecurity Act Seminar and Consultation – Fri 28/7

Slides and video recording from the seminar and public consultation by the Internet Society Singapore Chapter and NTUC, on the draft Bill of Singapore’s new Cybersecurity Act which will be in place by end 2017, and will lay the groundwork for world class cybersecurity practices to overcome emerging threats in cyberspace. The Act seeks to minimize disruption to essential services and to professionalize the cybersecurity industry. 

Download the draft Cybersecurity Bill here

The session was held on Friday 28 July 2017, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, NTUC Centre (One Marina Boulevard) Level 7, Room 701

Lectures at CommunicAsia: New Developments in Cyber Law


CommunicAsia 2017 IPV6 Share and Learn Forum kindly invited our Exco members to speak at the event. This is the first lecture, on new developments in the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Singapore; actions by the Personal Data Protection Commission under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA); thought on the upcoming Cybersecurity Act 2017. It was presented by Education Chair, Benjamin Ang.
View the presentation at

Webinar on Disruptive Urban Planning 28/4

Webinar: 28 April 2017, 6 pm Singapore time

Watch the recording here

Our SMART CITIES reflect the convergence of data and energy in architectural typologies that are DISRUPTIVE but POSITIVE

Join our data analysis expert Prof Iain MacDonald to discover
* How do non-cultural entities will shape our experience of the city and the pervasiveness of ‘sentience’ as sensors become ubiquitous?
* How does this inform our meta urban planning strategies ie digital real estate and the sentient and sensual city invested with ‘new and unexpected functionalities and meanings.’?
* Is modernism re-emerging as big data? wherein machine learning and artificial intelligence join than human aesthetic, taste and spatial requirements as determining factors?

Explore deeper questions like
– Is smartness not just about creativity?
– Is the era of the industrial city not over but rather transforming,
re-tooling, with the disruptive potential of Industry 4.0, countering the cultural and economic ‘tunnel’ effect?
– Wiith growing pressure to release industrial land, particularly near existing or proposed public transport nodes, and a general restriction on supply, do we need new typologies eg ‘Smart Shed’ and new allocations for industry in locations that fit Industry 4.0 requirements?

About the speaker
Iain is a Director of Scott Brownrigg and leads the practice’s Advanced Technologies group. He has extensive experience of planning, designing and delivering complex projects characterised by the transformative impact emerging technology has in shaping architecture and cities.
After working with several leading practices he founded Arquitectura having won an international competition, later becoming European director of a FTSE listed practice leading London and Paris based teams. Many architectural and
masterplanning projects have encompassed working closely with leading engineers, economists, brand, and technology specialists and continues today following clients across national borders and typologies of design.
Currently Ian and his group are focussing on tdisruptive planning through new combinations of urban use and ROI such as ‘Smart Block. and ‘High Rise Data, ‘Smart Shed’ concerning advances in logisitics as well as designing Europe’s largest nuclear power station.
A former head of the School of Architecture at NTU, Iain’s work has been published and exhibited in Europe, USA and Asia, He has presented internationally including Harvard, MIT, WAPIC, UCL, MIPIM, U-City Seoul and ETH.


ISOC.SG speaking at 2017 U PME WEEK

ISOC.SG committee members Jayanth Nagarajan and Benjamin Ang are speaking at U PME Week 2017. You can download the complete event schedule here


ISOC.SG members can register at with the promotional code “PIVOT”


2017 U PME Week is the event for working people, decision-makers and senior executives who identify themselves as working in; or related to the growing sectors in Singapore. 

“Discover how you can leverage the expertise of other industries for fresh perspectives and new ideas to tackle the challenges you face … engage with senior industry experts for the latest insights and trends on the disruption economy and gain the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals to widen your business network.”