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URUMI DRUMS & LAWYER M RAVI WELCOMED AT ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

I work at the agency doing PR for St Patrick’s Day (although I write this in my personal capacity) and we’ve worked hard (along with organisers SRO) to make it an inclusive, celebratory and totally rocking weekend event. There was great food, great bands (shamelessly promoting especially The Disclaimers and Craic Horse), and flowing Guinness (our dear sponsor, here’s a #jointhecrowd for you). Contrary to assumptions, this was a family event too, with all sorts of entertainment for the kids over the weekend.

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[COMPLAIN] IPS PAPER DISMISSES LEGITIMATE COMPLAINTS OF SINGAPOREANS AS "IRRATIONAL" SPEECH OR "DRUMS"

I read with dismay the recent Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) paper by Dr Carol Soon on "How to build a "rational" cyberspace". This paper was published on the IPS website on the 12th of March. The paper can be read online here: www.ipscommons.sg/how-to-build-a-rational-cyberspace/. In all honesty, this paper adds nothing to the discussion on internet freedom and democracy in Singapore, but is just a parroting of the usual government propaganda which tries to paint online voices as sources of "irrational" noise or untruths.

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Can -- and should -- the internet be tamed in Singapore?

The government and mainstream media sometimes seem fixated with what happens online. Perhaps seeing it as a threat to their monopoly on power and narrative, they are eager to paint the online community as the “Wild Wild West” where battles have to be fought. Creative acronyms like DRUMS (Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears) are created to depict the Internet as a place of irresponsible trouble-makers. Everyone who isn’t with them is, apparently, a troll.

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