Data firm hired to study pro-social safe spaces for online discussions

Move may provide blueprint for conducting, managing potentially divisive conversations

Discussions on sensitive topics such as race, foreign labour and social inequalities are becoming more polarised online and offline.
Discussions on sensitive topics such as race, foreign labour and social inequalities are becoming more polarised online and offline.PHOTO: PEXELS
ST ILLUSTRATION: CHNG CHOON HIONG

The Government has hired a company to conduct research on online groups that provide safe spaces for discussion.

The study could provide a blueprint for how potentially divisive conversations, such as those on race and local-foreigner integration, can be conducted and managed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2020, with the headline 'Data firm hired to study safe spaces for online discussions'. Print Edition | Subscribe