National Day: Preserving sovereignty in the information age

Today, Singapore marks its 57th anniversary as a sovereign nation. As some countries find their ability to act independently being challenged, we take a closer look at the concept of sovereignty and how it can be protected.

Like many other countries around the world, Singapore has moved to tackle threats to sovereignty coming from cyberspace. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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SINGAPORE - When tensions between Singapore and Malaysia rose in late-2018 after both countries clashed publicly over maritime and airspace issues, there was an unusual spike in online comments critical of Singapore.

Mostly posted on anonymous accounts, they sought to "give and create an artificial impression to netizens of the opposition to Singapore's position, at a time of heightened bilateral difficulties", then-Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong told Parliament in 2019.

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