Archive for August 2012

Singapore set up a Media Literacy Council

Media Development Authority (MDA) announced the setting up of the Media Literacy Council (MLC) to spearhead public education on media literacy and cyber wellness, and advise the government on the appropriate policy response to an increasingly complex and borderless world of media, technology, consumer expectations and participation.

MLC will partner government bodies, private sector organisations, community groups and social media influencers to raise awareness of media literacy issues across all online and offline media platforms, and promote a safe, secure and civil media environment for all. It hopes to raise the media literacy level of Singaporeans so that everyone can benefit even more from the Internet, and traditional and new media

To carry out its programmes and recommendations, the MLC will be supported by the resources from MDA in its role as secretariat to the council.

The council is chaired by Professor Tan Cheng Han from National University of Singapore. The vice chairman is Carmee Lim, a mentor principal at MindChamps. 19 other council members from various industries have been appointed by the minister for information, communications and the arts, Yaacob Ibrahim. The council will serve a two-year term starting 1 August 2012.

I know a lot of bloggers/forumers/tweeters are against the formation of Media Literacy Council. If you ask me, I think it is good that MDA is paying attention to Social Media and setting up a Media Literacy Council to promote cyber wellness. To most Social Media savvy people, the MLC might seems redundant. But I do think they can play a huge role in educating the general public and advising the government on Social Media matters.

I also think they are in the best position to kickstart the creation of a social media code of conduct in Singapore. (Note: I say Kickstart. Not creating the COC by themselves) While a lot of people are against that idea, I strongly feel that we need it. (I’ll blog more about that next time)

But I personally feel that its a pity that there are only 2 bloggers/influencers in the council. I think the council will benefit more if there are more Social Media influencers involved. Nevertheless, it is a good start. The council have a huge task ahead and I wish them good luck.

Media Literacy Council

Chairman
Professor Tan Cheng Han – Professor of Law, National University of Singapore
Vice-Chairman
Mrs Carmee Lim – Mentor Principal, Mindchamps Holdings

Members
Mr Alfred Siew – Founder, Wowo Communications and Editor, Techgoondu.com
Mr Effendy Ibrahim – Director, Consumer Business, Asia, Symantec Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Professor Ang Peng Hwa – Professor, Nanyang Technological University and Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre
Dr Carol Balhetchet – Clinical Psychologist, Director, Youth Services, Singapore Children’s Society
Mr Arun Mahizhnan – Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies
Mr Gerald Singham – Vice-Chairman, OnePeople.sg and Partner, Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Mr Calvin Cheng – Former Nominated Member of Parliament and Director, JUICE Magazine
Ms Grace Chng – Senior Correspondent, Straits Times
Professor David Hung Wei Loong – Associate Dean, Education Research, Learning Sciences and Technologies, National Institute of Education
Mr Goh Lih Shiun – Country Lead, Policy and Government Affairs (Southeast Asia), Google
Associate Professor Cherian George – Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Ms Tina Hung – Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Social Services
Mr Daniel Tan – Director, School of Interactive & Digital Media, Nanyang Polytechnic
Mr Nicholas Gabriel Lim – Assistant Director, Registered Psychologist (Singapore), Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association
Mr Edmund Tay – Parent Blogger, Ed Unloaded.com and Pastor
Mdm Rashidah Bte Abdul Rasip – Principal, West View Primary School
Ms Iris Wee – Vice President, Home Solutions & Content, StarHub
Mr David Christie – Director, Programme Standards & Practices, MediaCorp (Ch5 & okto)
Professor Schubert Foo – Professor and Assoc Dean (Graduate Studies) College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University