Digital literacy important in Internet age: Heng Swee Keat

Books may move from print to pixel, but what matters is the quality of what is read and the discipline of reading, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday morning. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Books may move from print to pixel, but what matters is the quality of what is read and the discipline of reading, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday morning. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Books may move from print to pixel, but what matters is the quality of what is read and the discipline of reading, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday morning.

He was speaking at the Second International Summit of the Book, a conference on literacy and libraries held here this year.

Students here are encouraged to respond to books and deconstruct layers of meaning - habits of deep reading relevant whether a book is on papyrus, paper or iPad, said Mr Heng.

But with information readily available in the Internet age, digital literacy becomes important, he said, referring to the ability to search for relevant information and discern truths from untruths.

Now that everyone with computer access can be their own publisher, "abiding by the core values of responsibility and respect for others will determine if we can have meaningful conversations in cyberspace," he said.