Published on 28 Aug 2022

Singapore's battle against disinformation and foreign influence bids

The Straits Times, page A22 -

While the use of foreign propaganda and campaigns aimed at swaying the democratic processes of societies is nothing new, it is now a wide-scale problem amplified through social media, said Asst Prof Saifuddin Ahmed from NTU’s WKWSCI. The reasons the actors do so are often to confuse and divide civil societies over critical social issues, which undermines civic trust in democratic institutions, he said. "The functioning of any society rests on the trust between citizens and the government; if this bond is broken, it would be challenging to ensure the success of any public policy."