Public hearings for the Select Committee studying online falsehoods began today, Mar 14, at the Parliament house.
The aim of the committee is to study how Singapore can tackle the spread of deliberate online falsehoods, according to a report by Todayonline.
In total, 79 individuals and organisations were invited to give oral evidence. These include local and foreign experts, media organisations, tech companies, telcos, community groups and members of the public.
The hearings will take place over eight full days before the 10 members of the committee, which will be chaired by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Charles Chong. Witnesses will be sharing their views on issues including motives for spreading falsehoods online, the impact on Singapore’s institutions and democratic processes, and the ways in which Singapore can combat this phenomenon.
Members of the public can witness the hearings from 10am on subsequent days (Mar 15, 16, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29). Visitors to Parliament House are reminded to be properly attired and bring along their identity cards or passports to exchange for a pass.