Using the combined efforts of telcos, their customers and community groups, Singapore IMDA aims to provide digital connectivity to 30,000 individuals from vulnerable segments.
Singapore has launched the Data for All initiative, which mobilises the community to come forward to provide digital connectivity to 30,000 individuals from vulnerable segments.
The initiative was launched at the nine-day inaugural Digital for Life (DfL) festival organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
Telecommunication companies M1, Gomo by Singtel and giga! by StarHub have committed to create awareness of the DfL movement, and to mobilise their customers to join the DfL movement by pledging support or donating their unused data through the Data for All initiative.
They will work with public organisations, social service agencies and community partners such as AMKFSC Community Services, Care Corner, Lions Befrienders, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)’s Community Link (ComLink), NTUC Health, SG Enable and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities.
Each telco has committed to providing 10,000 mobile data lines, which will collectively support 30,000 beneficiaries
Each telco has committed to providing 10,000 mobile data lines, which will collectively support 30,000 beneficiaries. Working with people and public sector partners, each telco will reach out to the beneficiaries as follows:
- MSF ComLink will reach out to youths and children from low-income families
- AMKFSC Community Services, Care Corner, Lions Befrienders, NTUC Health and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities will reach out to seniors from low-income families
- SG Enable will reach out to persons with disabilities and their caregivers.
DfL was established in February 2021 with support of more 100 partners from the private, public and people sectors and has already helped 200,000 Singaporeans embrace digital as a way of life. Its inaugural DfL festival is Singapore’s flagship tech event by the community for the community.
Organised by IMDA, it aims to bring programmes and activities that enable Singaporeans from all walks of life to learn, explore and benefit from digital technology. After participating in these experiences, participants are then encouraged to play a part through donations or by volunteering their skills and time to support the national movement.
Topics covered range from coding, cybersecurity, e-banking and government e-services. In addition, participants can visit the exhibition booths to gain hands-on experience with assistive technologies (AT) and technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
More than 110 partners have come together to organise activities, provide outreach and publicity to mobilise the community for the festival. Partners include corporate organisations like Google, MediaCorp, The Straits Times and Zoom as well as government agencies like the Cyber Security Agency (CSA), GovTech, the National Library Board (NLB), and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO).