Internet Censorship in Singapore

Ann Moroz By Ann Moroz, 23rd Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/za74-m1i/
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Internet Censorship in Singapore. Facts about online restrictions in Singapore and possible solutions to avoid them.

Internet Censorship in Singapore

Internet censorship in Singapore probable is not so serious as on-line blocks in the Middle East. But recently the Singaporean government, through its Media Development Authority (MDA) started to create Internet laws. Bloggers must apologize or close their blogs, while others were arrested or charged with different cases particularly defamation. In October 2012, a member of Singapore National Trades Union Congress (SNTUC) was fired for his impolite comments on Facebook.

For today the MDA has already blocked around 100 websites. The list of banned sites was not revealed in public, but it includes adult sites and online dating services. In June 2013, street protests were held opposing the new and stricter Internet laws. Nevertheless, the country’s Communications and Information said that the move is not to suppress Internet freedom. In October 2014, a law called "Remote Gambling Act" was implemented to control online gambling.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Singapore

In May 2014, MyRepublic, the fourth Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Singapore announced its offering of faster connection but with lower service fees. On the other hand, SingTel, StarHub and M1 have not yet announced any possibility of lowering their prices. Months later, the Singaporean government amended the Copyright Act to fight rampant Internet piracy. With this rule, anyone who would attempt to download copyrighted material will be blocked. Legitimate content users can now file a case against them.

VPN for Singapore

Taking into account the current situation of Internet restrictions in Singapore, the best solution so far is to use VPN (Virtual Private Network). But don’t worry; it’s legal to use VPN in Singapore. In fact, MyRepublic offers an integrated VPN service as part of their value-add services. In case you’re not aware, many businesses use VPN to protect their secure and personal data. Through a VPN client, their employees can access their data even on public Wi-Fi zones, without worrying about online theft or getting hacked.

Why VPN is good to unblock sites?

Although there are other ways to access blocked sites, VPN is one of the best and reliable method. With a secure VPN, you can surf the Internet anonymously. A new IP address will be provided to you, thus masking your real identity and geo-location. Unlike others, your web traffic via VPN is encrypted. This means that nobody can intercept your web traffic, not even the Singaporean government. But still, not all VPNs are created equal. Just like others services, there is always a good VPN service for you.

How to choose good vpn provider in Singapore?


You have two options when choosing a VPN – a free or paid service. There are many free VPNs around, and all of them promise that they can help you unblock sites in Singapore. But while it can be true, it is very much unlikely that your connection will last long. Remember that the MDA is investing a lot of money to control online activities. Do you really think a free VPN can be good enough to beat them? Plus of course, paid VPNs offer faster connection and quicker response in case of trouble.

Also make sure that your VPN service provider does not keep logs. Lastly, choose only the ones that offer the security features you need. Otherwise, you will pay for something that you did not use.

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Internet Censorship, Open Blocked Sites, Unblock Sites, Vpn

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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