SELECT COMMITTEE ON DELIBERATE ONLINE FALSEHOODS - CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND COUNTERMEASURES

Parliament has resolved to set up the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods - Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures.

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Terms of Reference

The Select Committee's terms of reference are to examine and report on:

(a) the phenomenon of using digital technology to deliberately spread falsehoods online;

(b) the motivations and reasons for the spreading of such falsehoods, and the types of individuals and entities, both local and foreign, which engage in such activity;

(c) the consequences that the spread of online falsehoods can have on Singapore society, including to our institutions and democratic processes; and

(d) how Singapore can prevent and combat online falsehoods, including:

     (i) the principles that should guide Singapore's response; and

     (ii) any specific measures, including legislation, that should be taken.

Composition

The Select Committee comprises:
1. Deputy Speaker Charles Chong (Chairman)
2. Ms Chia Yong Yong
3. Dr Janil Puthucheary
4. Mr Desmond Lee
5. Mr Pritam Singh
6 Ms Rahayu Mahzam
7. Mr Seah Kian Peng
8. Mr K Shanmugam
9. Ms Sun Xueling
10. Mr Edwin Tong Chun Fai

Invitation for Written Representations

The Select Committee invites written representations from the public on any matter falling within its terms of reference.

Written representations can be made in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil and should include the following information:

(i) the author’s name, occupation, address, contact number, email address and NRIC/Passport No.;

(ii) a brief description of the organisation (if any) that the submission is made on behalf of;

(iii) any financial or other interest that the author (and the organisation he represents) has in the subject matter of the Select Committee’s inquiries; and

(iv) whether the author is willing to appear before the Committee to give evidence, if required.

Written representations should be sent to “The Clerk of Parliament, Parliament House, 1 Parliament Place, Singapore 178880” or emailed to “selectcommittee@parl.gov.sg”.

The closing date for written representations is 28 February 2018, 4.30 pm.

The Select Committee may subsequently publish the written representations it receives. The Select Committee expects to hold public hearings in the second half of March 2018.