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SG Spy Ring
Financial Times, September 4, 1996, p. 4.
Singapore looks to superhighway
By James Kynge in Kuala Lumpur
Singapore took another step toward its vision of becoming
an "intelligent island" yesterday, announcing an initiative
to link the city-state's main on-line networks.
Mr Goh Chee Wee, Singapore's minister of state for
communications, said the "internetwork hub" would link
service providers of the Internet, government on-line
networks, commercial networks and some others.
Singapore's move follows an ambitious scheme announced by
neighbour Malaysia last month to launch an "information
superhighway" designed to attract the world's leading
information technology companies to Kuala Lumpur.
The perceived advantage in Singapore's initiative is that
users will be able to access all networks using a single
leased line, rather than the separate lines currently
The hub will use a single set of national standards,
meaning inter-operability between networks becomes easier.
Mr Goh said the hub should be up and running by the end of
the year. A mechanism to identify users electronically
would be incorporated into the hub network next year,
paving the way for secure operations such as payments,
banking and confidential correspondence.
The move is part of the Information Technology 2000
masterplan, a scheme which aims to accomplish the sometimes
conflicting aims of exploiting the information superhighway
to its full potential while continuing to insulate
Singaporeans from undesired influences.
From September 15, the city-state will implement its first
big attempt to police cyberspace. From then all Internet
providers must channel more than 120,000 subscribers on the
island through "proxy servers" before they reach the net.
These servers will check every Internet site a subscriber
requests and block access to a about a dozen banned sites
known to display pornography. The government has warned
against material deemed politically subversive or inciting