When to stop learning from Singapore: data, surveillance and Australian business

Stevens, Hallam (2022) When to stop learning from Singapore: data, surveillance and Australian business. New Mandala, 03 November 2022.

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[Extract] When the personal data of ten million Australians was compromised in a cyberattack on Optus in late September, many people were looking for someone to blame. Most fingers were pointed at Optus itself or the lack of adequate government protections against such transgressions.

A few commentators noted the connections between Optus and Singapore, drawing attention both to the city state’s surveillance of its own citizens and the government’s prominent role in corporations like Singtel (Optus’s owner). “Profits are maximized, dissent is minimized,” wrote Eric Ellis in Inside Story. Despite such worries, Australia is seeking to deepen its partnerships with Singapore. Meetings between Prime Ministers Anthony Albanese and Lee Hsien Loong took place recently in Canberra with the aim of renewing their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Item ID: 78659
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 00:18
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441007 Sociology and social studies of science and technology @ 80%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430301 Asian history @ 20%
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