Big data for better crisis response

More people, including both emergency responders and disaster victims, are choosing social media as a way to respond to crises...and for good reason! Given its immediacy, reach, ability to receive instant feedback and host multimedia content, urgent information can be collaborated in real time. Contrary to popular belief, the value of social media is not … Continue reading Big data for better crisis response

Garnering increased respect for foreign domestic workers

Go on Facebook and you can easily find traces of social change campaigns, usually in the form of videos or heartwarming posts shared by your social circle. While Singaporeans are usually the direct recipients of these causes, there has been an increase in social causes centred on foreigners, which could be attributed to the influx of … Continue reading Garnering increased respect for foreign domestic workers

How citizen journalism is damaging Singapore’s online credibility

A wave of promise surrounds social media as a platform that advances democratic ideals. While the bourgeois public sphere has hastened the exclusion of minority groups, citizen journalism aggregator sites here like All Singaporean Stuff (ASS) and mothership.sg have given the people - not just the wealthy - power to make their views heard. Yet, a close … Continue reading How citizen journalism is damaging Singapore’s online credibility