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#NDRsg: The 2017 National Day Rally In Tweets

Missed the 2017 National Day Rally by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong? Here’s a chronological collection of my tweets from the evening. Continue reading

Youth Tech-Complacency A Concern

Especially against the “Smart Nation” narrative, and the reliance on information and communications technology to prepare young Singaporeans for productivity gains or the jobs of tomorrow, the poor performance and complacency of tertiary students – who “overestimate their level of proficiency in digital literacy skills, including work processing and spreadsheets” (TODAY, Jul. 21) – is cause for concern. This study conducted by the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Asia, moreover, found that the average competency standard of the 373 Singaporean respondents was relatively low: They scored just 55 per cent, compared to the global passing standard mark of 75 per cent. Continue reading

Better Data And Tools For Greater Social Good

That charities and leaders in the social service sector “are slowly warming up to the potential of mining big data and analysing it to identify social trends and solve social problems of the day” (ST, Jul. 24) is encouraging, and in particular needs analysis (understanding, for instance, the profile of the beneficiaries who require assistance) and programme evaluation (ascertaining the extent to which a project has been effective or successful, against benchmarks) should take centre stage. In fact, the intermediate steps preceding big data and analytics – that is, the collection, management, and usage of data in general – are equally critical too. And in this vein there are at least three ways through which such progress can be furthered. Continue reading

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