Info-communications Media Development Authority

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Info-communications Media Development Authority
Infocomm Media Development Authority logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed1 October 2016 (2016-10-01)
Preceding agency
  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA);
    Media Development Authority (MDA)
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters10 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 agencyMinistry of Communications and Information
Websiteimda.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of the nation's 10-year infocomm masterplan, also known as Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015),[9] which has since been superseded by the Infocomm Media 2025 plan.[10] Through iN2015, two key components introduced as part of the Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (NGNII)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 IDA 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. Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "GovTech about using technology to create citizen-centric solutions: CEO". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Parliament passes Info-communications Media Development Authority Bill". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Statutory Boards". Mci.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Smart Nation Singapore". www.smartnation.sg. Archived from the original on 9 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Parliament: Bills to merge IDA and MDA, and to form new GovTech agency, passed". The Straits Times. 16 August 2016. Archived from the original on 19 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015)". Mci.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Infocomm Media 2025". Ministry of Communications and Information. Archived from the original on 17 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)". Wiki.nus.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Pushing Singapore's ICT ahead to 2015". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Spectrum Management and Coordination - Infocomm Media Development Authority". Base. Archived from the original on 29 December 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  14. ^ "IoT and the Smart Nation". Base.
  15. ^ "Improving Lives Through Data Science and Analytics - Infocomm Media Development Authority". Base.
  16. ^ "Leading the Charge for Open IoT Standards". Base.
  17. ^ "Smart homes can lead to healthy living". Base.
  18. ^ "Greening the Data Centre". Base. Archived from the original on 19 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  19. ^ "The Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore" (PDF). Ida.gov.sg. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  20. ^ "IDA International". Idainternational.sg. Archived from the original on 5 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Infocomm Investments". Infocomminvestments.com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  22. ^ "S'pore government preps 2FA facility". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  23. ^ "Surveillance Tech Firm 'Hacking Team' Breached". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  24. ^ "ingaporean and Malaysian Governments Accused of Using Spyware for Digital Surveillance of Citizens". Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.

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