Around the world, the Internet and social media are increasingly being recognised as powerful instruments of change. From the Arab Spring in the Middle East, to the rise of microblogging in China, online communities are being credited for dramatically altering the political landscape. In Singapore, online voices played a greater role in the 2011 General Elections. Alternative news websites have grown in popularity, and even Singapore’s politicians are now making greater efforts to engage with constituents via platforms like Facebook and Twitter. But while the rise of social media is lauded by many, this shift also brings its own controversies.
• How important is social media in Singapore?
• Does social media truly raise the quality of debate, and can it be considered an accurate source of information?
• What does the future hold for the online space in Singapore?