How to Help All Students with Evidence-based Reading and Writing During an Inquiry Activity, pp. 4 of 7

Source 1 – Give self-regulation a chance to work online . Source type: Opinion-Editorial.

Dr William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, is the author of this article, which was published in The Straits Times on 30 December 2011. In this 364 word article the General Secretary argues that allowing online users to monitor and regulate themselves is better policy than instituting a top-down program where the Singapore authorities regulate online behavior. To support his argument, he notes the difficulty of monitoring Internet use (a challenge which will only escalate in the future) and the effectiveness of “netizens” to define acceptable online behavior.

Source 2 - Singapore Arrests Two for “Racist” Comments Online. Source type: News report.

Tan Dawn Wei, a journalist for Asia News Network, is the author of this article, which was published in the Jakarta Post on 2 July 2012. This 242 word source is a report that the Singapore police arrested two 17 year olds for posting what were deemed to be racist comments on Facebook and Twitter. The Sedition Act is cited to legitimate the arrests and Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police How Kwang Hwee is quoted, saying that the right to free speech does not include inflammatory remarks about race or religion and that “members of the public should bear in mind that they are no less accountable for their actions online.” The actual comments of the two youth are not included in the article.

Source 3 – Singapore Government Asked Google to Block Anti-Islam Video. Source type: Video news report.

This video clip (1 minute 18 second) from 19 September 2012 is in English with English subtitles. This news report focuses on the Singapore Government’s request of Google to block a controversial amateur anti-Islam video from being played in Singapore. The Home Affairs Ministry is cited as stating that the video, which it believes incites religious intolerance and hatred, is in breach of Singapore laws. The report notes that twelve people had been killed within a two-week period due to reactions to the video. Also cited are the successful efforts of the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, and India to get Google to block the video in those countries.

Source 4 – Racial and religious offense: Why censorship doesn't cut it. Source type: Opinion blog.

The author of this 190 word source is Cherian George, Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. It is excerpted from a longer blog post related to journalism in Singapore.  The central point of this source is that censorship doesn’t build trust among citizens, which in his words, “is ultimately the best defence in a world where we will never be able to control 100% of the messages 100% of the time.”

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"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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