Info-communications Media Development Authority

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Info-communications Media Development Authority
Agency overview
Formed 1 October 2016 (2016-10-01)
Preceding agency
  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA);
    Media Development Authority (MDA)
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
Headquarters 10 Pasir Panjang Road. #03-01 Mapletree Business City. Singapore 117438
Annual budget $34 million SGD (2011)[better source needed]
Agency executive
  • Chan Yeng Kit, Chairman
  • Jacqueline Poh, managing director
Parent agency Ministry of Communications and Information
Website imda.gov.sg

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (Abbreviation: IMDA) is a statutory board of the Singapore government, under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). The IMDA was officially formed on 1 October 2016, with the restructuring of the Media Development Authority (MDA) and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA),[1][2] and officially legislated in Parliament on 18 August 2016.[3]

History[edit]

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) was formed earlier in 1999 when the government merged the National Computer Board (NCB) and Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS), as a result of a growing convergence of information technology and telephony. IDA is now split into GOVTECH Government Technology Agency and IMDA.

The Media Development Authority (MDA) was set up in 2003, with the merger of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority, the Films and Publications Department and the Singapore Film Commission, to champion the development of a vibrant media sector in Singapore.[4]

Smart Nation[edit]

IDA, along with the Smart Nation Program Office collaboratively work on Singapore's Smart Nation Program,[5] a national program to develop Singapore as a Smart Country. With the formation of GOVTECH[6] agency, it will continue to address key technologies needed to implement smart nation platform. The areas specifically addressed by the Smart Nation Program include:

  • Smart Health[7]
  • Smart Transport[8]
  • Smart Homes

Intelligent Nation 2015[edit]

IDA was in charge of the nation's 10-year infocomm masterplan, also known as Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015),[9] which has since been superseded by the Infocomm Media 2025 plan.[10] Through iN2015, two key components introduced as part of the Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (NGNII) initiative are, firstly, Wireless@SG—a wireless broadband programme developed by IDA[11]—and secondly, the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN)—a nationwide ultra-high speed broadband network supporting speeds of up to 1Gbs targeted for completion in 2022.[12]

Programmes and initiatives[edit]

IDA oversaw and / or participated in a variety of programmes and initiatives across Singapore. A few of the key ones:

  • eCitizen portal, Gateway to all Singapore Government services
  • Infocomm Talent Portal, One-Stop Infocomm Educational and Career Resource Portal
  • Singapore’s e-Government website
  • e-Government Leadership Centre
  • Personal Data Protection Commission
  • 5G telecommunications & HetNet [13]
  • Singapore's Smart Nation Program[14]
  • Data Science and Data Analytics[15]
  • Sensor Networks & IoT [16]
  • Smart Homes[17]
  • Green Data Center Programs[18]

Student programmes offered include the National Infocomm Scholarship by the Scholarship Secretariat.

Policies and regulations[edit]

  • Consultation Papers & Decisions[19]

Subsidiaries[edit]

IDA has four subsidiaries set up to perform specific functions that are beyond IDA's primary role and responsibilities. The subsidiaries are IDA International,[20] IDA International official website, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL),[21] Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), and Assurity Trusted Solutions Pte Ltd.[22]

Criticism[edit]

Documents leaked as a result of a data breach, identified the IDC as a customer of the Hacking Team – a provider of intrusion and surveillance software to governments.[23] [24]


There are also some possible conflicts with which mainly concern the aspects of Net Neutrality:


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IDA, MDA to be restructured to capitalise on converging media and ICT landscape". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "GovTech about using technology to create citizen-centric solutions: CEO". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Parliament passes Info-communications Media Development Authority Bill". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Statutory Boards". Mci.gov.sg. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ https://www.smartnation.sg/
  6. ^ https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parliament-bills-to-merge-ida-and-mda-and-to-form-new-govtech-agency-passed
  7. ^ https://www.smartnation.sg/apps/page/1#3
  8. ^ https://www.smartnation.sg/apps/page/1#8
  9. ^ "Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015)". Mci.gov.sg. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Infocomm Media 2025". Ministry of Communications and Information. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)". Wiki.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Pushing Singapore's ICT ahead to 2015". ZDNet. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  13. ^ https://www.imda.gov.sg/regulations-licensing-and-consultations/frameworks-and-policies/spectrum-management-and-coordination
  14. ^ https://www.imda.gov.sg/infocomm-and-media-news/whats-trending/2015/6/iot-and-the-smart-nation
  15. ^ https://www.imda.gov.sg/about/newsroom/archived/ida/media-releases/2015/improving-lives-through-data-science-and-analytics
  16. ^ https://www.imda.gov.sg/infocomm-and-media-news/whats-trending/2016/1/leading-the-charge-for-open-iot-standards
  17. ^ https://www.imda.gov.sg/infocomm-and-media-news/whats-trending/2014/6/smart-homes-can-lead-to-healthy-living
  18. ^ https://www.imda.gov.sg/infocomm-and-media-news/buzz-central/2015/5/greening-the-data-centre
  19. ^ "The Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore" (PDF). Ida.gov.sg. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  20. ^ "IDA International". Idainternational.sg. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Infocomm Investments". Infocomminvestments.com. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  22. ^ "S'pore government preps 2FA facility". ZDNet. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  23. ^ "Singapore's IDA reported to have dealings with spyware firm". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  24. ^ "ingaporean and Malaysian Governments Accused of Using Spyware for Digital Surveillance of Citizens". Retrieved 26 June 2016.


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